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Microsoft et al Caught Trolling -- Lying About IBM and OOXML

"If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good."

--Bill Gates



Well, well...

The usual suspects are at it again. Mary, when will you stop? The last time we complained about your blogging was only yesterday. Don't we just expect more such gossip and spew?

Mary Jo Foley wishes to pass a word from the grapevine, but as Rob Wier shows, this isn't anything but wishful thinking and trolling. They try to tell you what to think.

It is hard to resolve the pecking order of posters in the Microsoft blogger echo chamber. So let's just remark that all the usual suspects assisted in this one: Doug Mahugh, Stephen McGibbon, Oliver Bell, Gray Knowlton, etc. Mix together, shake, repeat, turn the crank and presto! Out comes news.

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By analogy to patent trolls, what we're seeing here is the behavior of a standards troll -- defining a conformance clause so vague that everything in the world is considered to support it, and then searching through competitor's web sites in hopes of finding some place where they stumbled into supporting it, and then trying to extract some advantage from it.

The point should be to look for examples of where OOXML is supported to the highest degree, to point out the best examples of high-fidelity interchange that your standard allowed. You would think that with so many people at Microsoft with "interoperability" in their job titles, that this would be obvious. I guess not. But don't be sad. You can always count on "supportadmin3" to cheer you up!!!


If you spot people talking about OOXML support from IBM, then just point them at Rob Weir's blog. The endless pattern of deception needs to end. It's tiresome and we have seen this for over a year. The Web is getting filled with disinformation that Microsoft sponsors.

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