Microsoft set to open up software:
gilles at gravier.org
Fri Feb 22 09:28:37 UTC 2008
Here is the European Commission's response :
No tricking them!
Raseel Bhagat wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 1:23 PM, James Gray <james at gray.net.au
> <mailto:james at gray.net.au>> wrote:
> Call me a cynic, but I think M$ are just blowing a whole lot of hot
> air and don't have any real intention o open up their API's any more
> than they have in the past. Their reasons for this, IMHO, are two
> fold (and temporary):
> 1. Ongoing anti-trust isssues in Europe.
> 2. Upcoming vote on OOXML ratification.
> Not much we can do about #1, but #2 is just another attempt to get the
> rest of the world locked into the MS-Office suite. It ISN'T
> compatible with ODF, the GPL (or any other "open" license), it's
> missing key components that are required for developers to properly
> implement OOXML in non-M$ tools, and their submission was devoid of
> valid XML!
> Wait until these two storms have blown themselves out, and you'll see
> the same old M$ we've all grown to know (and hate).
> I completely agree with James.
> Today they are "pledging" all this , worded quite diplomatically and
> tomorrow, they will be shooting allegations on open source software
> violating Microsoft patents.
> Unless they actually put this into practise, no point in rejoicing.
> www.raseel.in/techblog <http://www.raseel.in/techblog>
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