02.10.11

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Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Confirm Elop Speaks With His Old Colleagues at Microsoft

Posted in Microsoft at 3:50 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Further confirmation that Nokia has something cooking with the abusive monopolist Elop (Nokia’s CEO) recently came from; other timely reminders of the impact of former Microsoft staff

YESTERDAY we wrote a difficult post about what the sociopaths from Microsoft appear to be doing to MeeGo. We included a lot of links there, so we’ll spare repetitions. Some sceptics used to accuse Techrights of theorising exactly all that, even months before it happened. As in many cases, we were actually right and Elop’s entryism role seems to be further validated by large publications (corporate press) right now.

This is just the unfortunate impact of Microsoft executives leaving the companies in droves, moving from a position of leadership in one division to controlling entire outside companies like VMware, Juniper, or Nokia. Here is a new article about Microsoft’s many other departures: [via]

Microsoft has seen key people abandoning positions across the board—from high, C-level executives to middle managers to evangelists and strategic engineers and architects. Throughout 2010, there were several key departures, and the brain drain spilled over into this year, with some big names leaving in January.

Recently we showed that the OOXML outage in Australia [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] involved someone in government who had worked with Microsoft. Now that there’s some lip service thrown out there as “damage control” (about “open source”), Microsoft carries on playing along as recently covered by ITNews and now by ZDNet Australia. The problem with this government is that its people have vested interests involving Microsoft, so no wonder it favours OOXML, which is not a real standard. And speaking of OOXML apologists, see what Bruce Byfield has to say.

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  1. twitter said,

    February 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm

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    Ah, Bruce Byfield, an apologist always making defeat sound reasonable. Where can a person start with that one? How about the early 90′s? Here’s what the old man says he remembers about Word Perfect:

    In effect, many people accept that because free software alternatives are less widely known, their users must acquiesce to what is common. Just as in the early 1990s, WordPerfect filters for Microsoft Office had to be better than Microsoft Office filters for WordPerfect

    The problem with that line of reasoning is that none of it is true. Word Perfect was dominant in the early 90′s and technically superior. At that time, Microsoft was just beginning their political push to force Microsoft Office on schools, governments and other influential users. They had about as many users as OOXML does today. The bribes and corruption were about the same but the set of lies was different, they pushed “cost”. The change was disruptive, costly and fought everywhere it happened.

    Byfield presents the ODF side incompletely and with similar half backed logic to conclude that OOXML is some kind of convenience factor. OOXML is not convenient to anyone. It’s something that requires the user to go out and buy a $400 program, while ODF can be satisfied with a free download. This is why no one is using OOXML, not even Microsoft Office users. Every time they send something out, they get a slew of letters from people who have not spent lots of money on the new Office and they quickly learn not to offend people by using other formats. OOXML “filters” from Novell are defective by design, which is what the documents Groklaw dug up prove. Some features were just not going to be supported and that was part of the contract. Including these broken filters in Libre Office only sets people up for frustration and patent attacks. Developers are bright enough to know that and their protest is good news.

    Microsoft will go bankrupt before OOXML is a real problem. Developers should ignore it and distros should especially ignore code from Novell.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    For those who want to know the real WordPerfect story, here is an excerpt from ECIS:

    E. Microsoft’s Elimination Of Word Perfect

    “If we own the key ‘franchises’ built on top of the operating system, we

    dramatically widen the ‘moat’ that protects the operating system business…. We
    hope to make a lot of money off these franchises, but even more important is that

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    they should protect our Windows royalty per PC.”
    –Jeff Raikes, Microsoft President
    43

    “I have decided that we should not publish these [Windows 95 user interface]
    extensions. We should wait until we have a way to do a high level of integration
    that will be harder for likes of Notes, WordPerfect to achieve, and which will give
    Office a real advantage…. We can’t compete with Lotus and WordPerfect/Novell
    without this.”
    –Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and then-CEO
    44

    Beginning in 1994, Microsoft launched an anticompetitive campaign to extinguish
    WordPerfect, an office productivity application owned by Novell and competing with
    Microsoft’s Office suite. Office productivity applications (including word processing,
    spreadsheet, and presentation applications) are one of the most important groups of applications
    and contribute substantially to the applications barrier to entry protecting Microsoft’s operating
    system monopoly.

    When Microsoft began this campaign, WordPerfect enjoyed widespread popularity. In

    order to eliminate its competitor, Microsoft withheld crucial technical information about
    Windows, going so far as to extend the Windows API, the set of commands a program uses to
    communicate with the operating system, to ensure that WordPerfect did not work smoothly with
    Microsoft’s monopoly operating system.45 Microsoft also used its monopoly power to control
    industry standards, thus requiring WordPerfect to implement proprietary technology or risk
    incompatibility with Windows.46 And it excluded WordPerfect from the major channels of

    distribution for office productivity applications.47 For example, Microsoft forbade OEMs from
    pre-installing Novell products and gave discounts for refusing to sell other developers’ office
    productivity applications.48 As part of Microsoft’s strategy to eliminate Novell, “[a] top
    Microsoft executive wrote that Microsoft should ‘smile’ at Novell, falsely signifying Microsoft’s
    willingness to help the two companies’ common customers integrate their various products,

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    while actually ‘pulling the trigger’ and killing Novell.”
    49 Microsoft’s tactics were, again,
    extremely successful, as shown in the graphic below.50

    Microsoft extinguished WordPerfect and gained a monopoly in office productivity application

    suites, accomplishing its goal of “dramatically widen[ing] the moat” protecting its lucrative
    Windows monopoly.

    [...]

    45

    See Complaint ¶¶ 56, 6972, Novell, Inc. v. Microsoft Corp., No. JFM-05-1087, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11520
    (D. Md. June 10, 2005).

    46
    See id. ¶¶ 8494.

    47
    See id. ¶ 112.

    48
    See id. ¶ 117.

    49
    See id. ¶ 55.

    50
    Fred Vogelstein, Search and Destroy, FORTUNE, May 2, 2005, at 74, available at

    http://money.cnn.com/

    magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2005/05/
    02/8258478/index.htm (showing
    “Microsoft’s Battles” market share graphics). In 1993, WordPerfect accounted for more than 40% of word
    processing software sales, with annual sales of $700 million. See Complaint ¶ 150, Novell, Inc. v. Microsoft
    Corp
    ., No. JFM-05-1087, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11520 (D. Md. June 10, 2005). By 1996, WordPerfect’s

    share of sales had dropped to less than 10%, with annual sales of only $200 million. See id.

  2. dyfet said,

    February 11, 2011 at 7:21 am

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    So he dumps meego, makes windows mobile the future of the company, and the stock promptly collapses this morning. Sometimes even the markets recognize a loosing strategy.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Yes, I will cover this later today. Thanks.

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