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Microsoft's Open Premise: Divide and Conquer?

Feb 26, 2008, 01:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grigor Gatchev)

[ Thanks to Grigor Gatchev for this link. ]

"There is a lot of discussion around the new Microsoft premise to offer freely documentation about its protocols and interfaces, and to not sue developers who use it to create code for non-commercial goals, even if they violate Microsoft patents. Some people think that this is done to avoid further pressure from the European Commission. It could be so--but there could be also a different rationale for it.

"The former approach of Microsoft--threatening to crush the top FOSS projects by litigation--was stillborn. It was clear that the total weight of the IT powerhouses behind The Linux Foundation--IBM, Sun, Oracle, Google etc--is greater than that of Microsoft, and that they will fight for it, knowing that this could be their last opportunity to defend themselves. So, Bill Gates didn't even try it..."

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