Summary: Another new example from Canada where the monopolistic company’s staff targets its vocal critics, trying to lure them into Microsoft’s nest
BASED on the screenshot above (sent to us by a reader), Microsoft is specifically targeting the opposition (it knows his full name).
This is not the first time that a Canadian reader of ours says that Microsoft Canada uses such strategies (and there are similar stories in other countries too although it’s beyond today’s scope).
Brandon, for example, sent us an example E-mail which was sent to him by Microsoft Canada. Also see:
- Microsoft is Already Trying to Infiltrate Canadian Government Contracts by Pretending to be “Open”
- Canada Sets Precedence in Class-action Lawsuit Over Microsoft Abuses; Gates Still Uses Money for Influence
- Quebec Authorities Should be Sued Again for Microsoft Corruption; BECTA Should Too
- New OOXML Fiasco: Germany and Canada Propose Microsoft as Editor for ODF-OOXML Convergence
Notice that the messages arrive from Microsoft’s paid AstroTurfers (the euphemism for their role is "evangelists"); this one specifically tries greasing up a pro-FOSS person (maybe accidental, but the message is personalised).
“Microsoft tries to diffuse its critics (just look at Microsoft Florian the mobbyist), often turning them into highly-paid anti-GNU/Linux ‘gurus’, as we last saw earlier this month.”It seems to have become a pattern, based on internal Microsoft pages. Microsoft tries to diffuse its critics (just look at Microsoft Florian the mobbyist), often turning them into highly-paid anti-GNU/Linux 'gurus', as we last saw earlier this month.
Don’t sell out to Microsoft; support people’s freedoms and stay loyal to the friendly neighbours. █
“Gathering intelligence on enemy activities is critical to the success of the Slog.”
–Microsoft, internal document