06.23.08

Microsoft Does Not Comply, Internet Explorer Under Antitrust Scrutiny Again

Posted in America, Antitrust, Europe, Interoperability, Microsoft, Office Suites at 6:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

There is quite a lot of stuff going on at the moment. To bring you up to date, here are some of the more noteworthy reports. What was already mentioned yesterday is Microsoft’s goalposts-moving routine and now comes an interesting interpretation from Matt Asay.

I’d encourage you to sift through the report and Groklaw’s response. Microsoft feels more like Job Trotter every day: Outwardly smiling to hide a shifty internal countenance. In The Pickwick Papers Trotter eventually comes clean. Will Microsoft?

By the way, I actually do care about the answer, as interoperability with Microsoft is a big deal. I’m just not sure how to accomplish it on fair and level terms, given Microsoft’s seeming inability to engage openly on interoperability. If Microsoft treats the US government with this much disdain, how can a business partner possibly hope to be…

Unfortunately for him, his company needs to interact with Microsoft for documentation. Surely it’s no easy task, especially with the software patents trap. In order to cover the same topic, Linux.com is citing the write-ups of Microsoft Paul (along the lines of Microsoft Jack), which was a decision tactless enough to attract angry responses.

That disgusts me. It disgusts me that Linux.com is perpetuating the myth that “Open Source” is a hobby and not a business model.

I guess Linux.com doesn’t think we need software freedom in our businesses!

This is what happens when you call the operating system “Linux.” This is what happens when you ignore the GNU project. This is what destroys competition in the software industry.

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Paul Thurrot is just another pro-American anti-everyone else idiot. What he fails to realise is that Microsoft would not have released any documentation at all if it wasn’t for the EU pushing them. Neelie Kroes deserves a lot of praise for pushing Microsoft. The US DoJ did nothing. They still haven’t got Microsoft to comply to one thing in what, 5-7 years!!!!

This hopefully gets the picture across. Microsoft never cared about standards and useful documentation. Its business model depends heavily on denial and deprivation when it comes to information.

Over at Slashdot, a sister site of Linux.com, someone raises the known issue of Microsoft’s incompatibilities with Mozilla Firefox.

An anonymous reader notes that Hotmail’s full version doesn’t work with Firefox 3. Users get the following message when they try to log in: You are temporarily on the classic version of Windows Live Hotmail due to an error encountered during login. Before trying again, please clear your cache and cookies.

As s side note, maybe it’s a case of flaming, adding ‘balance’ or aggravating for attention, but with new posts like this Microsoft ‘PR’, Slashdot continues to seem a tad suspicious.

With regards to that Firefox story, there are other similar examples. Only yesterday a reader sent us the following E-mail:


msOffice required to view website and it of course don’t work in Firefox .. :)
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Would it be surprising that, according to Linux World, antitrust regulators are now scrutinising Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8?

Antitrust regulators are evaluating the forthcoming Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 as part of ongoing activities to ensure Microsoft is in compliance with the final judgment in two landmark antitrust cases that involved individual states and the U.S. government.

Microsoft is planning to integrate more and more in order to stifle competition. As a Wall Street Journal blog put it just a couple of days ago:

Microsoft to Internet: Drop Dead

Here you can see a microcosm of what has made Microsoft’s path just that much rockier and harder than it could have been, and why Silicon Valley considers the company to be the bull-in-a-china-shop of the technology world. The definition of death, in corporate America, is believing you don’t have any competition. The definition of being in a coma may be underestimating that competition.

There are many more dirty tricks that we find today. Stay tuned.

“I am convinced we have to use Windows – this is the one thing they don’t have. We have to be competitive with features, but we need something more — Windows integration.”

Jim Allchin, Microsoft

Quick Mention: Microsoft’s Newham-type Scam in the Middle East and North Africa

Posted in Africa, Asia, Microsoft at 6:29 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Whenever you come across the phrase “Memorandum of Understanding”, step back. It’s akin to a non-compete clause/agreement where Microsoft signs deal to isolate its partners from competitors. Here is a new example

Microsoft Signs MoU with Arab Business Angels Network to Promote Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa Region

Furthering its commitment to foster economic growth in the region, Microsoft… today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Arab Business Angels Network (ABAN) spanning the Middle East and North Africa region.

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The partnership with ABAN is in line with Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential…

For context see:

Someone should intervene in such situation for the same reason that — without intervention — a chokehold is created. Suffocation of taxpayers’ money is the worst one can do, never mind radical limitation of choice.

Novell and Microsoft Play Dirty Against Red Hat (Again)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Novell, Red Hat, Virtualisation, Xen at 6:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Ron Hovsepian and Steve Ballmer
The Rat Pack: Anti-Red Pact and Anti-Hat Pack

Var Guy warned about this in advance and we finally saw it materialising in Boston just a few days ago. Novell is truly resorting to what one reporter has called “dirty tricks” against Red Hat. Although we believed we had seen the worst of it, there’s this new observation also.

Having pointed out the cheeky banner that Novell hung outside rival Red Hat’s annual conference in Boston, I later found out from Red Hat’s chief executive Jim Whitehurst that Novell also put a “big sticker” on the floor outside too but Red Hat managed to get it removed.

Well surprise, surprise, I got an email today from Novell with a nice image of the sticker in question and what a sticker – it must be twenty feet across – I wouldn’t like to have on the crew that had to lay that let alone remove it.

You can watch the photo in this short article. At the same time, Microsoft attacks Red Hat from another direction. Having 'stolen' XenSource, using its partner Citrix, Microsoft is moving on to a “Get the Facts” not only against Red Hat servers (they now have a ‘comparison’ page) but also against virtualisation with Red Hat.

Microsoft Produces New Perspective Over Windows vs. Linux

Microsoft has never been that shy about trashing open source operating systems in order to boost its own proprietary platforms, and the latest perspective over the two products is merely a new chapter in the Windows vs. Linux saga. A Microsoft authored comparison involving Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Hypervisor is available for download via the Redmond company’s Windows Server Compare.

As many observers know by now, Novell and Microsoft are creating an exclusive 'virtualisation club' where a warped and twisted ‘Linux’ is the only invited guest (taxed by Microsoft, too). It’s important to put an end to the Microsoft/Novell relationship or at least disengage from doing business with both.

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