Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Apr 2011 19:57 UTC, submitted by PLan
Legal Should I be sad or relieved? Groklaw, the website that played a central role in the SCO vs. sanity case, has just announced it will close up shop on May 16 of this year. Groklaw's place in history has been secured, surely, but in recent years, the site became more and more like a relic from the past, clearly stuck in the everyone vs. Microsoft mindset of the late '90s and early 2000s. Even in today's announcement post, Groklaw shows that its time has indeed come.
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by olafg on Mon 11th Apr 2011 07:07 UTC
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Thom is so naive today...

Microsoft is notorious. And yes they have been worse than many other companies. Gates is terrified of what happend to IBM, so the Microsoft ploys have often been unethical. Companies like Google, Sun and SGI have been much more likable (though with their own bad habits). Heck, even Commodore and Apple have acted better. Much better.

The reason Microsoft has not been going for mobile phones until now is that cellphones used to be gadgets, not computers. Microsoft are threatend now that mobile phones are computers and extending into tablets and therefore touching laptops. Big corps like Microsoft are slow movers, but when they move they want total domination. The iOS model, which Apple now are directing towards OS-X by having an appstore for Mac and certain API moves, has awakened the giant from rest. MS is uneasy about this development and how Linux in the shape of Android can undercut them.

Hence Windows-8 might turn out to be a multi-device operating system tied in with downscaled versions of their most crucial app: Office... MS is all about the Office package. That ecosystem is what gives them the ability to lock their customers to their platform.

I sincerely hope that companies will move to the cloud using HTML5-based apps for their business in the future. Maybe in 5-10 years. In that timespan MS has to move fast to keep their lock-in strategy in place. This is a never-ending battle, and serious sites like Groklaw are needed. Not for nerds, but for educating lawyers about how the computer tech and market works.

Edited 2011-04-11 07:25 UTC

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