[News] [Rival] Microsoft Lobbies Heavily to Kill Standards, Keep Lock-in

[News] [Rival] Microsoft Lobbies Heavily to Kill Standards, Keep Lock-in

Post by Roy Schest » Wed, 19 Mar 2008 14:26:00

icrosoft Intensifies Full Court Press On OOXML

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| Less than two weeks away from a crucial ISO ratification vote on its Office
| Open XML standard, Microsoft is stepping up efforts to sway industry opinion
| in its favor.


Don Christie: The case against OOXML

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| If OOXML is rejected as a global standard, what will it mean for businesses
| and the public?
| Nothing much. Applications that want to be standards-compliant will support
| the well-defined and broadly accepted ODF standard. They will be able to
| compete on features and general cleverness. Just as Firefox and Safari do
| when interpreting HTML files, but then have a ton of different usability
| features to make the task of browsing the web a more enjoyable experience.


Microsoft's paid Propaganda Machine (shillnalysts, bribed companies, Munchkins)
will relentlessly carry on trying to call a proprietary format "open"
and "XML". If they say it often enough, maybe some people will believe it.

Days ago:

Gates goes to Washington as US OOXML decision nears

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| Gates answered that Microsoft wants to see OOXML become an ISO standard, in
| part, "so that families and researchers and archivists will be able to access
| information from the past and use it to interact in the future.



Microsoft influencing partner NGOs to support OOXML in India

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| Microsoft is encouraging its business partners to promote its Office Open XML
| specification (OOXML) to the Indian Bureau of Standards (BIS) and Ministry of
| IT. This move has incensed supporters of the rival OpenDocument Format (ODF)
| who fear that the "soft" Indian state may not be able to stand up to
| Microsoft pressure tactics.


Microsoft India using NGOs to fake support for OOXML


Becoming a better company: Microsoft helps NGOs in India

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| Of course, there has to be some trade-offs, because there should never be
| free lunch, even for the ones who starve: Microsoft, according to this
| article, has conditioned its help to Indian NGOs to their support of OOXML.
| What the NGOs had to do was to send letters of support on OOXML to the
| federal government of India.


Microsoft "persuades" NGOs to support OOXML

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| Our friends at Linux Delhi have put up a copy of the form letters that
| Microsoft has been sending NGOs on the OOXML issue. Apparently, these NGOs
| have been sending copies of these letters to the Ministry of IT and Bureau of
| Indian standards.


Developers around the world, unite!

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| Monopoly and proprietary software have an advantage in influencing state and
| governmental institutions because of their large market base and ready
| capital. Unscrupulous ways of influencing state governments have persisted in
| India, for example, where executives of proprietary

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A Linux User's Perspective on the ITunes Store (and DRM in General)

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| What if tomorrow you went to Best Buy or Walmart or Sam Goody and purchased a
| CD? What if, before you left the store, the salesman told you that although
| the CD was in all other respects a standard CD, that you could only play it
| if you owned a Pioneer or Sony stereo? Would that make any sense? Would it
| make you a bit hesitant about buying music from that store again?
| Well, if you purchase music or videos from the iTunes Store,
| [...]
| With content from the iTunes Store, however, users may find themselves a bit
| stuck if they ever want to make the switch to a more open computing platform,
| such as Linux. Because none of the DRM-restricted content from the iTunes
| Store will play on Linux. And it's all because that's how Apple wants it, to
| be honest, and not because of any technical limitation.



BBC Corrupted

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| Today the BBC made it official -- they have been corrupted by Microsoft. With
| today's launch of the iPlayer, the BBC Trust has failed in its most basic of
| duties and handed over to Microsoft sole control of the on-line distribution
| of BBC programming. From today, you will need to own a Microsoft operating
| system to view BBC programming on the web. This is akin to saying you must
| own a Sony TV set to watch BBC TV. And you must accept the Digital
| Restrictions Management (DRM) that the iPlayer imposes. You simply cannot be
| allowed to be in control of your computer according to the BBC.


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