Microsoft in Black
Recently they were sent to Florida to deal with Open Document wording being considered for SB 1974, a bill designed to create an agency for recommending and managing enterprise information technology. The bill includes language like this:
(1) By July 1, 2009, the Agency for
Enterprise Information Technology shall develop a plan and a
business case analysis for the creation, exchange, and
maintenance of documents by state agencies in an open format
that is capable of being:
(a) Published without restrictions or royalties;
(b) Fully and independently implemented by multiple
software providers on multiple platforms without any
intellectual property reservations for necessary technology;
(c) Controlled by an open industry organization having
a well-defined inclusive process for evolution of the
(2) Each state agency must be able to receive
electronic documents in an open, extensible markup
language-based file format for office applications and may not
change documents to a file format used by only one vendor.
Pretty reasonable, huh? Well not for the Men in Black--familiar in lobbying circles because they actually do all dress in black--who are pressuring Florida legislators to remove the language. And just like the real MiB, Microsoft's are not above using threats to get what they want, intimating that, "...elected representatives who voted against Microsoft's interests might have a little more trouble raising campaign funds than they would if they helped the IT giant achieve its Florida goals."
What would you call that? A "reverse bribe"?
Denisdekat... No doubt. They're being quite stealthy this time around. No more snapping up competitors, now they use lobbyists.
Don't think for one minute that they haven't put a back door in their O.S.'s for the Government to spy on anyone who uses their systems.
Remember the movie The Net? Just another piece of 1984 occurring as I type this.
Robert... Not so sure about that. Being in the biz, I know a lot of Microserfs, and they really do buy their own press about helping you succeed and all that. I just think that they learned the lesson of the anti-trust trial really well.
AnonP... Good thing this comment comes to you via a PowerBook, huh? ;-)
Lew... Me neither. Where can I get some of that fat cash?
Remember "Bob"? You don't, do you? I rest my case.