"Microsoft recently threw around its weight -- and its fat
wallet -- to squash an independent testing lab from publishing
benchmark results that the lab ran for InfoWorld's sister
publication NetworkWorld. The test demonstrated that SQL Server 7
runs nearly twice as fast on Windows NT 4.0 than it does on Windows
"The lab's director of research claims that when he discovered
the performance crevasse, thinking it his own fault, he contacted
Microsoft and worked with them for a week to figure out what went
wrong. When neither company could fix the problem, Microsoft
shifted its sails, thereby changing the direction of the wind as
well, and cited a SQL Server "no publication without authorization"
license clause, indirectly threatening legal action."
"We used to be Microsoft fans," the lab director said. "Now,
I just feel like I got run over by a train. When they realized they
couldn't fix the problem, they, as my son would say from Toy Story,
put on their angry eyes and came after us. We have been
intimidated into not going forward with our results because we
don't have the pockets to battle Microsoft in court." The results
were on the lab's Web site Thursday evening but had disappeared by
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