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12.06.09

Head of Microsoft Malaysia Jumps Ship

Posted in Asia, Free/Libre Software, Microsoft, Open XML at 9:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Yasmin Mahmood, who took a role in the OOXML fiasco in her country, is finally out

EARLIER this year, the head of Microsoft Philippines quit the company and now it’s Yasmin Mahmood, head of Microsoft Malaysia whose role in the OOXML scandals in this country we wrote about in [1, 2, 3].

Yasmin Mahmood, the managing director of Microsoft Malaysia will leave the company at the end of the year. She will pass the baton to Ananth Lazarus, who has been appointed as the company’s managing director with effect from January 1.

With over 22 years experience in the ICT industry, 11 of which have been with Microsoft, Lazarus was previously the regional senior director of small and medium businesses.

Head of Microsoft Singapore quit last year, so it is like some kind of Microsoft epidemic (not just in Asia). “Most of the MS M[alay]sia team have moved on,” says Yoon Kit from Malaysia.

Speaking of departures, as a followup on last week's Eclipse update, one reader wrote to us:

Looks like Bjorn was spot on in his criticism. Check out that last paragraph by Milinkovich:

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Linux-and-Open-Source/…

It’s pretty clear a big statement distancing the Foundation from Open Source.

Too bad so many fold when the likes of Milinkovich try to bully them into the Microsoft party line. Bullying, extortion and graft seem like the only means that Microsoft has to compete. If more individuals grew a pair and spoke up, like Bjorn did, then it’d be harder for the Microsoft apologists to steamroll legitimate developers and users.

There it more to it than what is publicly known. The “poison” is not necessarily Bjorn.

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