Microsoft Defends OOXML

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| Obviously, Microsoft is pushing hard to get enough votes changed in its favor
| to achieve ratification as an ISO standard. That was at least partly the
| motivation for holding the press briefing, which resulted in a rather
| eclectic group of attendees.
|
| "There were journalists from Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Australia,
| New Zealand, Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, and the
| U.S. in attendance," a Microsoft spokesperson told Internetnews.con in an
| e-mail.
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http://www.internetnews.com/ent-news...le.php/3722531

Another examples of free trips. It does this with Linux journalists and haters
too (buying love).


Related:

INQhack survives Vistability test in Volesville

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| The Vole (Microsoft) supposedly invited The INQ over for tea because
| we are notorious "Microsoft doubters" - and we were accompanied by
| other supposed Vole doubters such as the folk from lifehacker and
| a very nice man from Slashdot, as well as some Microsoft MvPs.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=36312


Microsoft desperately wants my love -- and yours

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| I spent December seventh, eighth, and ninth in Seattle as Microsoft's
| guest. Microsoft flew me there from Florida at its expense, put me up
| in a nice hotel, provided decent food, and comped me and four other
| invitees to this "special conference" with presentations about the
| marvels of Vista and other recent or upcoming Microsoft products. They
| didn't quite play the old Beatles song "Love Me Do" in the background,
| but it was the event's unstated theme.
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http://www.linux.com/article.pl?sid=06/12/12/085222


Bribing Bloggers

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| This is the most frustrating thing about the practice of giving
| bloggers free stuff: it pisses in the well, reducing the credibility
| of all blogs. I'm upset that people trust me less because of the
| behavior of other bloggers. Don't even get me started about PayPerPost.
|
| [...]
|
| Do not, under any circumstances, consider upgrading an XP system to
| Vista... even if it's fairly new and even if it's Vista Supremo
| Premium Ultra-Capable.
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http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2006/12/28.html


Microsoft's Laptop Giveaway Becoming PR Disaster?

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| This thing is starting to feel like a PR disaster. Bloggers are
| starting to smell blood and this thing very well may begin to
| turn into yet another episode of bloggers gone wild.
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http://biz.yahoo.com/seekingalpha/06...4_id.html?.v=1


Bribing Bloggers

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| It's a bribe. Period. You say nice things about us, you get nice
| things from us. Heck, just say neutral things about us-we'll give
| you a killer new laptop and we know that you'll be inclined to say
| better things about us.
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http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759...129TX1K0000616


Getting a Vaio [with Vista, from Microsoft, even in March 2007]

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| Microsoft Belgium rang me yesterday (I don?t think they realised it
| was a public holiday here!).
|
| [...]
|
| The phone call yesterday was to confirm my address - the laptop (a
| Sony Vaio - dunno which model or spec yet) is en route with Vista
| Ultimate and Office Ultimate pre-installed.
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http://www.tomrafteryit.net/getting-a-vaio/