01.11.10

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‘Microsoft Press’ Spreads Delusions About Microsoft’s Position in the Market

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Servers, Windows at 8:29 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Just keep rubbing it in, via the press, analysts, newsgroups, whatever.”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

Summary: More about lies regarding the market share of Microsoft; monopoly abuse in Korea leads to Internet Explorer (and by inference Windows) dependency

THE CULTURE (or cult) of lies is a self-defensive one. Microsoft loves to lie about the market share of GNU/Linux on the desktop but sources outside Microsoft (which are tied to Microsoft) are helping the myths be spread. We have just caught the ‘Microsoft press’ making the following fallacious statement:

IIS is a vital program to Redmond; at any given time, it’s either the No. 1 or No. 2 Web server in the world in terms of conducting Web traffic.

It’s never #1. Apache is by far more dominant and even Netcraft statistics belittle the abundant use of Apache [1, 2, 3]. As we showed earlier this morning, IIS is a choice for those who prefer to be vulnerable and helpless (no patches).

Microsoft is generally losing impact on the Internet, especially to companies like Google (and to Mozilla on the Web browsers front). This trend is a lot more pronounced outside the United States, but even the warped numbers from a company that’s paid by Microsoft (mostly US IP addresses) show that Internet Explorer is losing market share. Versions 7 and 8 did not save this Web browser.

Where Microsoft’s Internet Explorer manages to keep market share is where ActiveX and other Microsoft ‘extensions’ have ruined the Web. Korea is a good example of this [1, 2, 3, 4]. This predatory lock-in is not only helping Internet Explorer over there but Windows and Windows Mobile too. From the Korea Times:

Microsoft Monoculture Going Mobile?

[...]

The current law states that all encrypted online communications on computers require the use of electronic signatures based on public-key certificates. And since the fall of Netscape in the early 2000s, Microsoft’s Active-X controls on its Internet Explorer (IE) Web browsers remain as the only plug-in tool to download the public-key certificates on computers.

It’s like another Korean war, this time with digital warfare for colonisation (post-Japanese and post-American, although many US army bases remain there, spread extremely densely). Korea found Microsoft guilt of monopoly abuse twice last year [1, 2]. The Korean giant Samsung was additionally pulled into Microsoft’s patent racket. How much more abuse can they tolerate?

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