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11.21.08

Microsoft’s Partner Group Attacks ODF

Posted in Deception, Formats, FUD, Microsoft, Open XML, OpenDocument, Standard at 1:23 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft has already used up some of its usual ‘buddies’, namely IDC and The Burton Group [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24] (among others), to slam ODF and rival office suites. Now it Gartner’s turn and guess where the report turns up first? That’s right — Microsoft. For those who do not know what the Partner Group is, here are places to start:

Venture a guess as to who wrote the report? People can learn about him here. He is one of Microsoft’s well-known mouthpieces, who has already planted pro-OOXML messages in the press. The guy literally spends his life with Microsoft employees.

More recently we wrote about Gartner in [1, 2, 3]. Maybe the likes of Gartner are worth reporting to the FTC for harming business, just like the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT).

The industry would be better off with open formats and choice. A proprietary format can only be described as preferably by those who are foolish or bribed. And we’ve already seen Microsoft bribes in the OOXML saga. Be critical and be very suspicious.

“Analysts sell out – that’s their business model… But they are very concerned that they never look like they are selling out, so that makes them very prickly to work with.”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

Taking a buck (bribe)

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