More faces than Mount Rushmore? – Microsoft “loves” Open Source!

In my view, with more faces than Mount Rushmore, Microsoft is "loving" the open source with one face and stabbing it in the back with another. Proof for me that Microsoft should never be trusted.

Microsoft is after the scraps from the table again…

We love open source……We have worked with open source for a long time now….

Source: Jean Paoli – Microsoft

Maybe that should read “some” open source “when it benefits us”  Of course in my view a more accurate reflection of what Microsoft really thinks was in Steve Ballmers words regarding Linux:

Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches…

Source: Steve Ballmer – Microsoft CEO

And maybe with that in mind the news that Microsoft is yet again grabbing its patent portfolio and are now gunning for Barnes and Noble with their Ebook reader will be of no surprise to anybody:

The Android platform infringes a number of Microsoft’s patents, and companies manufacturing and shipping Android devices must respect our intellectual property rights….We have tried for over a year to reach licensing agreements with Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec. Their refusals to take licenses leave us no choice but to bring legal action to defend our innovations.

Source: Horacio Gutierrez (Microsoft) – bbc.co.uk

I remind readers of my comments from earlier this year:

…if Microsoft cannot make the products people want to buy, it’s quite happy to cream a little off the top of those that do.

Again I find myself making the observation that Microsoft’s future appears rather more in the courtroom than actual products on shelves.  A rather sad state of affairs? Is Microsoft the dog that sits under the table in the hope that someone will take pity and throw it a scrap of food? I’ll let you decide.

Goblin

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Gonzalo says:

    Gee, this guys are pure capitalist evil. “Do as I say not as I do”.
    And there’s still people out there buying their software!!??

    1. openbytes says:

      Hi there thanks for taking the time to comment.

      Simple answer I think is OEM ,for every pc purchase its a windows sale no matter if they want it or not. For business I believe some still feel tied into MS and have not yet been able to go for an alternative solution. Afterall what does Office really offer the vast majority of users that Libreoffice doesn’t?

      I think times are changing and I would cite xp as an example of this, we are now seeing talk of windows 8, yet there is still a massive number of xp users. People could argue that its because xp is fit for purpose, unfortunately for MS good will towards xp is not going to feed the bloated slug Microsoft has become. Maybe this is why we see MS going to the courtroom. With cheaper hardware and reducing profit margins coupled with failures like the Kin, how on earth will MS sustain itself?

      Kind regards

      Tim.

  2. J.H. says:

    What ‘innovation’ has Android infringed upon? I see no M$ e-book reader on the market anywhere.

    1. openbytes says:

      I think the trick works by people believing Microsoft has some claim and then surrendering into buying licenses.

      If that wasn’t the case and Microsoft had such a solid claim, why don’t they just go after Google? – In my view the reason is that they have no foundation for any of their claims and they only target companies smaller than themselves…..a little like a bully.

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