Bonum Certa Men Certa

Microsoft's Demise in the Global News Cycle is Rather Telling

posted by Roy Schestowitz on Oct 02, 2023,
updated Oct 02, 2023


THIS past weekend I decided to write about a conspicuous lack of Microsoft in GNU/Linux sites some time later in the summer (this year), especially the sections that cover HowTos. This is a refreshing change because in prior years we kept seeing obnoxious articles echoing lies such as "Microsoft loves Linux" (Phoronix has just done something to that effect, as usual) or telling people how to install proprietary software (and spyware) such as Visual Studio Code. We hardly see this anymore. We don't know the reason, but it mostly stopped.

It should be noted that Microsoft is, in general, no longer prominent or dominant in news headlines. Maybe that's due to major cuts in the company's "media" budget. In past years (or the past 2-3 decades) Microsoft was everywhere in tech news. It was hard to avoid. Nowadays we're more likely to see headlines about the As (Amazon and Apple) than about Microsoft. It's rather mystifying; this curious change comes after a paid-for media SPAM campaign for chaffbots - a stunningly noisy deluge of 'articles' that ended up in deep Microsoft losses* and an anti-climatic finish.

Speaking of Microsoft in Linux sites, "there is no software which uses OOXML," it should be said about this new article from Igor, "not even MSO" (Microsoft Office), an associate noted. Why don't more people get it? We said it dozens of times 15 or so years ago. This shows that people forget or incorrectly remember the past. It's a good thing that we're restoring our archives, which contain many articles about this subject. We don't need OOXML compatibility because OOXML exists only in theory. We need to tell people to abandon proprietary software and dump Microsoft, then adopt OpenDocument Format (ODF), not whatever "OOXML" happens to be.


* Just because many people gave the chaffbots a try doesn't mean Microsoft profited. There was never a business case or a "business model" for this. Microsoft is acting like "crypto bros" (frauds), pretending to be wasting a ton of energy as if that's the equivalent of profits rather than hefty power bills. To be profitable one will need efficiency. It should also be noted that from Microsoft's point of view, "paying" the bills of "open" HEY HI (a so-called 'investment') is a net loss, not a "win". It did nothing for Azure except cost a lot of money. It helped fake "usage" numbers (not clients).

Other Recent Techrights' Posts

Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news
The Myth of an Aging (or Dying) GNU/Linux Leadership
Self-fulfilling prophecies as a tactic?
Links 07/12/2023: More EPO Patents Squashed, More Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine "Glitches" Found
Links for the day
Still Not 'Canceled'
Ted Ts'o, Jan Kara, Linus Torvalds last month
Google is Googlebombing the Term "Gemini"
Could Google not pick a name that's already "taken"?
Links 06/12/2023: Bitcoin Rebound, China Downgraded by American Firm, Yahoo! Layoffs Again
Links for the day
Shooting the Messenger Using Bribes and Secrecy Bonds
We seem to live in a world where accountability for the rich and well-connected barely exists anymore
Links 06/12/2023: Many More December Layoffs
Links for the day
IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, December 05, 2023
IRC logs for Tuesday, December 05, 2023
PipeWire 1.0: Linux audio comes of age
Once upon a time, serious audio users like musicians and audio engineers had real trouble with Linux
This is How 'Linux' Foundation Presents Linux to the World
Right now it even picks Windows over Linux in some cases
Links 05/12/2023: Microsoft's Chatbot as Health Hazard
Links for the day
There's Nothing "Funny" About Attacking Free Speech and Software Freedom
persistent focus on the principal issues is very important
Professor Eben Moglen Explained How Software Patent Threats Had Changed Around 2014 (Alice Case) and What Would Happen Till 2025
clip aged reasonably well
GNU/Linux Adoption in Africa, a Passageway Towards Freedom From Neo-Colonialism
Digi(tal)-Colonialism and/or Techolonialism are a thing. Can Africa flee the trap?
CNN Contributes to Demolition of the Open Web
Reprinted with permission from Ryan Farmer
Eben Moglen on Encryption and Anonymity
The alternate net we need, and how we can build it ourselves
Yet More Microsofters Inside the Board of Mozilla (Which Has Just Outsourced Firefox Development to Microsoft's Proprietary Prison)
Do you want a browser controlled (and spied on) by such a company?
IRC Proceedings: Monday, December 04, 2023
IRC logs for Monday, December 04, 2023
GNU/Linux Now Exceeds 3.6% Market Share on Desktops/Laptops, According to statCounter
things have changed for Windows in China
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news
Links 05/12/2023: Debt Brake in Germany and Layoffs at Condé Nast (Reddit, Wired, Ars Technica and More)
Links for the day