Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Feb 2010 20:48 UTC
Microsoft Now this is something you don't read every day. Dick Brass, vice president at Microsoft from 1997 to 2004, has written an article for The New York Times' Op-Ed section, detailing the flaws in Microsoft's corporate culture, and how they've severely affected the company in a negative way. Telling, and painful. And, in a way, very sad. Update: Microsoft responds. "For Microsoft, it is not sufficient to simply have a good idea, or a great idea, or even a cool idea. We measure our work by its broad impact."
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FurryOne
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2006-01-23

Tell that to Stac, or any of the other Companies that found their code inside Microsoft's programs.


There was no allegation of direct appropriation of code with Stac.

You might have been born yesterday, but I wasn't. I watched it unfold, and reports specifically stated that Stac found their code (including comments) inside Double-Space. Just because Wikipedia says something doesn't change history.

Tell it to people that ran OS/2, or BeOS, that MS crushed with their Monopoly power.


I ran OS/2 and loved it, but I can't blame Microsoft for its demise.

Another BS story. Microsoft threatened to withdraw advertising $ to any company that even displayed the OS/2 logo in their ad. They also, as a last straw, withheld W'95 licensing from IBM right up to the day before launch until IBM agreed to de-emphasize OS/2. As for BeOS - MS threatened Hitachi with canceling their contracts if they loaded BeOS on any machines

And tell it to Novell & Digital Research, and on and on and on...


If you're referring to the DR-DOS & Windows 3.1 thing, note that all released versions of Windows 3.1 worked fine with DR-DOS.

Wow, I guess all that fuss over the betas of Windows that "warned about incompatibilities" when they saw DRDos instead of MSDos had nothing to do with it, eh?

Microsoft has a terrible reputation for anticompetitive practices, but I've never actually seen them in this company.

I've never seen anyone here be 'evil', ever.

Hear no evil, see no evil.

Their latest trick was to stuff the International Standards Groups with their flunky partners to get their "non-standard" listed as a standard.


I honestly don't know any more on this than anyone else on OSnews. I don't work in Office.

Try Groklaw.

However, it doesn't seem strange to me that MS was not about to adopt a file format controlled by its competitors (ODF).

ODF is an Open Standard - unlike MS's cryptic, 65K page submission.

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