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Microsoft Wants to be the Standard

"[W]e should take the lead in establishing a common approach to UI and to interoperability (of which OLE is only a part). Our efforts to date are focussed too much on our own apps, and only incidentally on the rest of the industry. We want to own these standards, so we should not participate in standards groups. Rather, we should call 'to me' to the industry and set a standard that works now and is for everyone's benefit. We are large enough that this can work."

--Microsoft



Summary: Microsoft plants another flag in W3C, MonoDevelop pushes .NET at Novell or elsewhere, and Vista 7 continues to repel businesses

OUR LATEST post about the W3C has made the front page of Slashdot and almost immediately we found the familiar trolls attacking the messenger (a subject that we wrote about before [1, 2, 3, 4]). Jeremy Allison actually defended us by saying: "Jeff [Jaffe] was *definitely* one of the architects Novell/Microsoft deal, and had been part of the leadership for at least a year when it was finalized. I know. I was there."



“Jeff [Jaffe] was *definitely* one of the architects Novell/Microsoft deal...”
      --Jeremy Allison
Allison responded to the trolls and added: "don't let facts get in the way of your post." The funny thing is that some trolls are then attacking the messenger here too (the messenger who defends the messenger), which makes them -- the trolls -- hypocrites. The thread needs to be watched carefully in order for this claim to be understood. But anyway, based on this brand new page, Microsoft has already planted a flag in W3C and it rewrites history while it's at it. Let's not forget SVG, which Microsoft now pretends to have befriended [1, 2].

Over at Novell, it's business as usual. Mono and Moonlight are key products and MonoDevelop is improved to encourage development with them. It's all about empowering Microsoft Windows through its APIs.

It ought to be mentioned that Vista 7 continues to suffer difficulties because large businesses overwhelmingly reject it in RTM form, as expected all along [1, 2]. Pogson argues that "Things are not Rosy for “7″."

They don’t want the public to hear any negatives about Vista-recycled. Now they have to worry that fewer will migrate from XP to “7″ or that migrations will be delayed. Poor babies. The longer XP hangs around, the more will migrate to GNU/Linux because it is an actual improvement and it’s faster. The patch rate of that other OS is the only thing fast about that other OS. Having to install a lot of patches on top of a retail licensed OS is not what they want a lot of consumers seeing, but it is happening.


There are many important releases of GNU/Linux just around the corner. We have seen and documented signs that many homes and businesses continue to migrate, at least into a dual-boot mode.

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