03.13.07

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Will Novell Get Access to Microsoft’s “Undocumentation”?

Posted in America, Antitrust, Boycott Novell, Europe, Interoperability, Microsoft, Novell, Protocol, Red Hat, Servers, Windows at 12:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Let us kick off this post by presenting a shocking exhibit from Comes vs. Microsoft:

A number of Microsoft ex-employees and certified developers have referred to much of Microsoft’s formal documentation as “undocumentation”

To many of us, this is unsurprising. The admission from Microsoft ex-employees, however, proves that none of this is accidental. It is most likely a business decision. Novell continues to seek interoperability with a vendor that deliberately misuses its dominant position and corrupts/depletes API documentation. And here is the latest find from yesterday’s news:

Microsoft Corp is still finding communications protocols that it should be licensing to rivals almost five years after it was ordered to do so following the US antitrust decision.

The details are revealed in the latest joint status report, which outlines the US Department of Justice’s concerns that the company is still finding protocols that should have been included in the Microsoft Communications Protocol Program but were “inadvertently overlooked”.

For such practices, Microsoft needs to face the courts rather than strike ‘deals’ with Linux vendors. To make matters worse, there are various efforts by Microsoft, backed by its press releases, to charge for access to its communication protocols — those which Europe describes as too trivial to be patentable.

In other news, Novell still hopes to grab Red Hat professionals.

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