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Microsoft is Once Again Caught Bribing Disgruntled Journalists

Just another new example for a pile of other existing examples where Microsoft bribes bloggers and journalists with incentives and gifts. There's astroturfing too, but that's just part of the broader strategy (guerrilla marketing).

Here. Read this new article.

To be honest, MS did try to engage me after I wrote that, but the sad thing is it was through bribery. I don't use that word lightly, but there is nothing else I can call it. I think I explained my differences of opinion quite clearly in that article, and the response I got from MS was as follows, names removed to protect the sender.

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Hi Charlie,

I'm really sorry to hear of your bad impression of Windows Vista, I would be very interested in having a chat with you to dispell some of your worries, and to provide you with your first contact at Microsoft!

I've got a copy of Windows Vista here for you as well if you want to have a go with the real deal RTM build!

(signature)

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Please note that in the original complaint, I never once asked for a copy of the software, I had several versions here, and my complaints were about activation, DRM and other problems. A copy with all those problems is still as unacceptable as the ones I owned. In the following half dozen emails, my concerns were not placated, if anything they were confirmed.


In the recent past, The Inquirer was invited over to Microsoft for a visit. Why? Because it's a "Microsoft doubter", as Microsoft itself calls it. The site also revealed how Microsoft DDOSed journalists through its public relations channels when Windows Vista was released. Shades of the "second coming", also known as Windows 95 (mind the Linux Journal article).

Only yesterday we gave an example of another case where a journalist got used by Microsoft. This article (the original) was written by someone who accepted a free trip from Microsoft and had a week's sessions of brainwash in Redmond. He later proceeded to attacking IBM.

So, who else is Microsoft 'compensating' with free gifts but without the journalists spilling the beans as in the case above? It surely makes you wonder. Rick Jelliffe publicly admitted that Microsoft offered him money to edit Wikipedia (which he did), but how many other people has Microsoft paid to edit Wikipedia in its favour (without disclosure)? What about all those OOXML briberies?

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