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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Accused of Bullying and Bribery, Company Has No Comment

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Accused of Bullying and Bribery, Company Has No Comment
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 02 Sep 2007 02:49:31 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Microsoft Allegedly Bullies and Bribes to Make Office an International Standard

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| Microsoft did not respond to several calls requesting comment.


That sums it all up. If it could make a decent spec using its manpower and have
it accepted, that's one thing. But Microsoft is aware that it's a bully on the
loose. I think Richard mentioned these:

Apple’s Keynote ‘08 Delivers Simple Sophistication

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| “Keynote will open and export to Office’s Powerpoint file formats, as with 
| every non-Microsoft consumer of Office’s formats that eWEEK Labs has tested 
| certain formatting inconsistencies seem impossible to avoid.”  


Once More unto the Breach: Office Open XML Conformance (A Lesson in Claiming 

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| Stephe Walli further demonstrates why the partial Apple implementation of 
| OOXML is even more partial than we thought. 



State by state, Microsoft responds to creeping threat

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| Characteristically, as lawmakers like Homan have learned,
| Microsoft's hardly taking a passive position.
| [...]
| 'Microsoft sees what's coming. Things like Word and Excel 
| sort of like a drug now getting ready to go generic.'



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| As CIO of Massachusetts from February to November last year, Louis 
| Gutierrez had to endure most of the brunt of Microsoft Corp.'s political 
|                                              ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| wrath over a state policy calling for the adoption of the Open Document 
| ^^^^^
| Format for Office Applications, or ODF -- a rival to the software vendor's 
| Office Open XML file format.


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|    Quinn:  Almost to a person, to anybody involved or who knows about
|    the ODF issue, they attributed the story to Microsoft, right, wrong
|    or otherwise. Senator Pacheco may be a bully but I do not believe he
|    is disingenious and would stoop to such a tactic. Senator Pacheco and
|    Secretary Galvin's office remain very heavily influenced by the
|                                          ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
|    Microsoft money and its lobbyist machine, as witnessed by their
|    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
|    playbook and words, in my opinion.


MA Governor-Elect Names MS Anti-ODF Lobbyist to Technology Advisory Group


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