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09.04.09

Telstra and Microsoft Make it Official: Microsoft Enters Telstra’s Board

Posted in Australia, Microsoft at 5:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Digital tower

Summary: Microsoft’s already-incestuous relationship with Telstra advances with an “insider friend, ‘the Fox’”

A court exhibit from Comes vs Microsoft (PX09346) shows Microsoft saying that it needs to “find and lean on” what it is calling an “insider friend, ‘the Fox’.” We have already shown many examples where Microsoft occupies other companies (sometimes competitors) using former staff.

Three weeks ago we summarised the Microsoft-Telstra relationship and it turns out that Microsoft’s Australia and New Zealand chief is now joining Telstra’s board. How suitable. Shall we call Steve Vamos “the fox”?

Terry Porter wrote about this in USENET a short while ago:

Message-ID: <ZvSdnQ2qHoS5zwLXnZ2dnUVZ_g3_fwAA@netspace.net.au>
From: Terry Porter <linux-2@netspace.net.au>
Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
Subject: Microsoft infiltrate Australias top telco!
Date: Thu, 03 Sep 2009 00:20:36 -0500

Ex-Microsoft Oz chief, Steve Vamos joins Telstra board…

begin{quote}
The former chief of Microsoft Australia and New Zealand Steve Vamos has been appointed a non-executive director of Telstra.

It was unclear whether Vamos would be returning to Australia to take on the role.

He left for the United States in January 2007 to become Microsoft’s online business head of worldwide sales and international operations.

A spokesman for Telstra has been contacted for comment.

“Steve has an exceptional knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of the Australian market, enhanced by his experience as a global executive at Microsoft,” Telstra chairman Catherine Livingstone said in a statement.”
end{quote}

[Ex-Microsoft Oz chief joins Telstra board]

Gregory Shearman adds: “The Australian Government has always danced the Microsoft tune.”

More coverage can be found in:

This can’t be good for Telstra’s GNU/Linux-using customers, can it?

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A Single Comment

  1. TheTruth said,

    September 11, 2009 at 5:26 pm

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    Telstra is a PRIVATE COMAPNY, its not “the Governments”.

    So if you work for Telstra you DO NOT WORK for the Government.

    Just so you know. It’s nice to have TRUTH and accuracy in this web site.

    People can work out facts from fiction, and when they see fiction they think mabey that is all that person can say.

    I like facts, anything else is just FUD right.

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