Microsoft's open-source charade is not about customers. It's about
regulators. Until Microsoft can convince U.S. and European regulators
that its market power is not as bad as it once was, the company will
need to hide behind expressions of openness.

Hence, Microsoft "opens" up its protocols (i.e., lets everyone read
but not touch...without forking over cash). It inks "open"
interoperability agreements with Novell and others, which actually do
nothing more than bind otherwise open-source success to Microsoft's
proprietary technology.