FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 3, 2001
Ken Wasch, SIIA President (202) 452-1600 ext. 310
(Washington, D.C.) The Software &
Information Industry Association (SIIA) today responded to
statements critical of the Open Source model for software made by
Microsoft executive Craig Mundie.
"Microsoft is once again publicly making the case that
innovation in the software industry should happen only at the
discretion and direction of Microsoft," said Ken Wasch, SIIA
president. "There is no 'one size fits all' solution for the
software needs of corporations throughout the world. Yet Microsoft
is employing public relations tactics to incite fear among
businesses that are considering migrating to the Open Source
"Furthermore, Microsoft's assertions that its business model
embodies the open-source movement through current practices of
sharing source code is incredulous," continued Wasch. "While it is
certainly reasonable for a software publisher to maintain
proprietary practices regarding the sharing of source code, it is
safe to say that Microsoft shares certain, but not all, Application
Programming Interfaces (APIs), and only does so when it is in the
best interests of the company, not in the interest of dynamic
innovation within the industry."
"If we could offer some friendly advice to the Microsoft PR
effort, we would suggest an approach such as 'We [Microsoft]
welcome competition from the Open Source movement, and through that
competition, customers will recognize the superiority of our
[Microsoft's] solution.' Instead, they seem to be saying, 'we win
when customers have no choices.'"
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is
the principal trade association of the software code and
information content industries. SIIA represents more than 1,000
leading high-tech companies that develop and market software and
electronic content for business, education, consumers and the
Internet. For further information, visit http://www.siia.net.
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