Salon: Microsoft flip-flop

“First Microsoft fired its volunteers — then turned around and
rehired them. Does Microsoft understand the software business?”

The open-source software movement is currently making waves
by successfully building a model for software development that
depends on freely contributed labor. But last week, Microsoft
ostentatiously turned its back on the volunteers who were among its
strongest supporters, saying that it could take care of its
problems by itself…

“Then, on Monday, Microsoft flip-flopped. Due to “overwhelming
feedback” from Microsoft product users, participants and the MVPs
themselves, said a Microsoft spokeswoman, the MVP program has been
reinstated, “effective immediately.”

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