01.19.10

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As Customers Hang Up on Windows Mobile, Microsoft Turns to Mobile Linux FUD

Posted in FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 7:11 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Microsoft’s change of tactics and marketing pitch is being noticed by more and more people

JUST OVER a week ago we pointed out that Microsoft is using FUD tactics against Linux phones. Microsoft insists that Linux will suffer a defeat in phones “because, you know, Windows Mobile is doing *so* well now,” Glyn Moody says very sarcastically. Windows Mobile is a disaster. In response to the exact same FUD from Microsoft (Robert Bach), Groklaw wrote: “We are deep into listing the contents of all the exhibits admitted in the Comes v. Microsoft antitrust case, for historians, and if you go to page 4 of our Exhibits by Numbers collection, look for Exhibit 9436 [PDF], where you will find a slide presentation by Steve Winfield at Microsoft using that same technique for FUD against Linux. Note pages 3-8 in particular, which is what to say to customers if they say they love Linux.” We have already written about this Winfield presentation where he also endorses bribes.

Here is a new complaint from Windows Mobile developers. [hat tip: Tony Manco]

So imagine you have created Windows Mobile apps and you have sold many of them through “Windows Marketplace for Mobile”, so many that in fact Microsoft owes you several thousand dollars. Of course considering how lame Marketplace is (still many issues, still many problems, still English apps not visible in foreign stores, etc etc) the fact that you even sold so many apps is big achievement.

So you would think that now you can pay your bills by this money that you earned off Windows Mobile apps. Wrong! Microsoft is not paying:

I STILL HAVEN’T BEEN PAID … and I have sold $1000′s Also ‘Not eligible for revenue payout’ has suddenly appeared whereas when I last checked mid December I was infact eligible. Please can somebody competent please look into this. I have bills to pay and spent $1000s on submitting my apps.

Yes, Microsoft is a terrible partner.

Watch out for more mobile Linux FUD from Microsoft’s AstroTurfer Michael Gartenberg. When these people try Linux or buy Linux, this is often done in order to mock GNU/Linux. They pretend to be “curious” and the outcome is always the same.

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