Rivals say Microsoft has not changed its ways

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| Next week's European antitrust ruling against Microsoft Corp is a legacy of
| its past behavior, but competitors say the company's current strategy is a
| sign of history repeating itself.
|
| [...]
|
| He highlighted the growing ties between his company and old adversaries such
| as Novell Inc in business software and with Sun Microsystems, which this week
| said it planned to more fully embrace Windows to run its own computers.
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http://biz.yahoo.com/rb/070914/micro...tors.html?.v=3

Watch how they use Sun and Novell as an excuse. This was expected.

Extension of Microsoft Antitrust Pact Requested

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| Before these parties and Microsoft respond, though, they will have a
| benchmark to guide them: The European Union will announce its Microsoft
| antitrust decision on Monday.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...?hpid=sec-tech


Related:

Critics say company isn't documenting interaction methods fast enough

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| Microsoft Corp. will deliver the final installment of hundreds of
| pounds of documentation of its products to U.S. regulators next
| month, a result of seemingly never-ending disputes over the
| company's business practices.
|
| That load will exceed the roughly 30,000 printed pages, or 130
| pounds of documentation, already prepared by Microsoft for
| European regulators.
|
| [...]
|
| Not buying it
|
| Microsoft's rivals argue the company is doing too little, too late.
| Vinje, of ECIS, said he doesn't believe Microsoft has faced the severe
| challenges the company alleges in documenting its protocols.
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http://www.marketwatch.com/news/stor...D&siteid=yhoof
http://tinyurl.com/34klv3


A cathedral of formats or a castle of cards?

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| By writing 6000 pages, something else strikes many, including myself:
| no human can implement that. In fact, nobody aside Microsoft will be
| able to rightly implement it because Microsoft is the only one can
| deal with the previously existing formats. For these 6000 pages are
| thousands of man/years of confusion, users' lock-in, con-formating
| of data, IP and jealously kept trade secrets. And you would expect
| that anybody might come up with something that works? Apple, by
| the way, will not. Because Microsoft Office for Mac will not be
| able to use Open XML for some years, as I have learned. So good
| for the great open file format of Microsoft. 6000 pages cannot
| be a standard. It is FUD. It is a scandal, and a digital wart
| in the industry. 6000 pages cannot be reputed conformant by
| anybody else than their author. And their author is Microsoft.
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http://www.libervis.com/blogs/5/char...astle_of_cards


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| [Microsoft:] "For example, we should take the lead in establishing a common
| approach to UI and to interoperability (of which OLE is only a part). Our
| efforts to date are focussed too much on our own apps, and only incidental-
| ly on the rest of the industry. We want to own these standards, so we sho-
| uld not participate in standards groups. Rather, we should call 'to me' to
| the industry and set a standard that works now and is for
| everyone's benefit. We are large enough that this can work."
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http://www.os2site.com/sw/info/comes/px09509.zip


Red Hat sets limits to Microsoft interoperability spiel

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| Red Hat will only sign an interoperability agreement with Microsoft if
| it is based entirely on open standards, the company's executive vice
| president of Engineering Paul Cormier told vnunet.com.
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http://www.computing.co.uk/vnunet/ne...mits-microsoft