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09.03.10

Microsoft Crashes Rival’s Event (OpenOffice.org Conference) Using Moritz Berger

Posted in Europe, FUD, IBM, Microsoft, Office Suites, Open XML, OpenDocument, OpenOffice, Oracle at 5:32 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Jurisics Square
The Jurisics square in Kőszeg, Hungary

“I’ve killed at least two Mac conferences. [...] by injecting Microsoft content into the conference, the conference got shut down. The guy who ran it said, why am I doing this?”

Microsoft's chief evangelist

Summary: IBM’s Rob Weir is rightly angry at Microsoft’s intrusion into OpenOffice.org Conference, which he claims Microsoft is denigrating after giving some anti-OpenOffice.org talks in the same city

EARLIER ON we wrote about what Microsoft did to OpenOffice.org in Hungary (which made ODF a national standard). There was OpenOffice.org bashing, courtesy of Microsoft employees like Moritz Berger. We likened this to what Microsoft did a few months ago in LinuxTag 2010 (Germany) [1, 2, 3]. This is Microsoft’s modus operandi really — to infiltrate a competitor’s event and to rubbish it, which in turn upsets the attendants, spreads poison, and in this week’s case utter lies (disinformation) too. Why did Rob Weir et al. allow Microsoft to attend at all (let alone present)? Well, it would probably be due to the fact that Microsoft paid for a place. That’s why it enters every panel, even hostile ones (where “hostile” usually refers to industry standards like SVG [1, 2], which Microsoft snubs even after 'joining').

“It unfortunate to see Microsoft denigrate an official OASIS event, especially one held by a TC Microsoft participates in.”
      –Rob Weir
Weir was already expressing restrained anger at what Microsoft did to OpenOffice.org Conference and now he goes further by stating politely that: “It unfortunate to see Microsoft denigrate an official OASIS event, especially one held by a TC Microsoft participates in.”

Will Microsoft once again attempt to toss Mr. Weir for 'daring' to state the truth, even politely? The guy at Microsoft will do what he’s paid to do; he’ll play “ignorant”. In another message Weir told him: “Wrong again. The document whose signature was shown in freOffice had been earlier signed by OpenOffice, not KOffice.”

Mirosoft should ideally be shunned from conferences and panels of its competitors. Why? It has a track record. It’s a repeat offender and enough is enough. Do not allow the sociopaths to play the “hater” card when declined a self-invitation [1, 2, 3].

In the press from the event:

“It’s a Simple Matter of [Microsoft’s] Commercial Interests!“

Microsoft on OOXML

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  1. twitter said,

    September 4, 2010 at 9:15 am

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    Congratulations to Open Office for ten good years. It is excellent software in its own right and essential to people who want to get out of legacy document traps. People who convert from Microsoft formats to ODF are then free to chose from many other excellent programs. Here’s a big thanks to all the people who have worked hard for real standards.

    Congratulations also to people in Hungary who understand that, “Microsoft = corruption”. Conferences are better without subversion and crashing by Microsoft clowns.

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