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SJ Mercury: The role model for 'do as I say not as I do'

Oct 01, 1999, 15:18 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Gillmor)

"I apologize it's taken me so long to get back to you regarding your question about Office and open source," a Microsoft public-relations person told me in a recent voice mail. "I'm sorry I wasn't able to secure a spokesperson for you. This isn't an issue Microsoft is going to engage on."

"The non-comment on the Office issue probably reflected the software giant's understandable wish not to acknowledge hypocrisy, even though in several recent moves Microsoft has shown more willingness to be open than at any time I can remember in years. Several weeks ago, for instance, at an announcement for Internet software developers, Microsoft endorsed some new standards that could, in theory, help relegate Windows into a distinctly secondary role in an Internet-dominated technology sphere."

"The Microsoft PR person's reference to open source was also interesting in this context, and undoubtedly reflected the company's deeply held paranoia when any potential threat emerges."

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