9 Dec 2003 wardv   » (Journeyer)


This guy is unbelievable (warning: broken English ahead):


I had no idea there are such Microsoft zealots.

Check out this blog entry particularly about Microsoft's shared source initiative:


This is my answer to that page:

Do you _really_ believe all this? That is most scary. I mean, great software, great vision on software? Using standards?

Microsoft abuses standards (XML, Java, HTML, ...) by taking them and changing them ever so slightly that things don't work unless you're on their proprietary operating system.

Great software? Well, except for all the blue screens, the inexplicable hangs, and the hundreds of serious security problems every year.

Great vision on software? Don't make me laugh - MS has no vision on software other than 'make more money'. Name one innovative software product that has originated from Redmond? Right; there aren't any - when other companies or people innovate, Microsoft imitates. When that is too hard it buys the competition.

And this one made me laugh hardest: "The danger to create two systems on 'almost the same engine' which are completely incompatible".

I'm so glad that this doesn't happen with Microsoft software because they control the source. I mean, imagine that you would be able to create an ordinary text document on MS Word XP and save it in the default file format, and then not be able to open it on, say, MS Word 97! That would be so bad.

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