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Microsoft Gives its Blessing to OpenOffice.org

Oct 15, 2010, 10:04 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

"By arranging for GNU/Linux, Apache and Samba to be benchmarked against Windows NT, Microsoft was officially admitting that these were real and direct rivals. After all, there is no point benchmarking things that are not in some sense comparable, and a company wouldn't bother trashing a competitor that represented no threat. This was a major shift from Microsoft's previous stance that GNU/Linux was not up to enterprise-level tasks, and that nobody was using it anyway.

"It seems that Microsoft has forgotten this important lesson. For it has put together a three-minute video of customers explaining why they switched from OpenOffice.org to Microsoft Office.

"The criticisms made in the video are not really the point - they are mostly about OpenOffice.org not being a 100% clone of Microsoft Office, and compatibility problems with Microsoft's proprietary formats. The key issue is the exactly the same as it was for the Mindcraft benchmarks. You don't compare a rival's product with your own if it is not comparable. And you don't make this kind of attack video unless you are really, really worried about the growing success of a competitor."

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