Thursday, August 07, 2008

Some Disturbing Things from Microsoft

Open Source: A 'Growing Challenge' to Microsoft

There's an MS quote that is particularly disturbing to me

"The availability of protocol licenses may enable competitors to develop software products that better mimic the functionality of Microsoft's own products which could result in a reduction in sales of our products."

This is disturbing because it's pits protocol/service interoperability (a user need) against MS's sales (a MS shareholder need). Let's hope this doesn't result in MS pulling back from protocol openness.