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Microsoft Microsoft has just responded to Google's move regarding Exchange ActiveSync. Sadly, instead of addressing the very real problems consumers are about to face, Microsoft starts talking about switching to
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RE[3]: Comment by shmerl
by ze_jerkface on Fri 21st Dec 2012 08:02 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
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However closed so much that applications are buggy or even unusable because of major features being unavailable.

Netflix, Lovefilm and so on cannot run on Linux (albeit not without running native Windows libraries on WINE).

The applications are not buggy and only unusable because Netflix is not designed to work in Linux. The problem isn't .NET, it does exactly what it is supposed to.

What's more, .NET was invented because MS couldn't play ball with Java (see below).

If Java didn't run and look like crap in Windows then .NET never would have gained traction. Java is OK now but back then it looked awful. That's partly due to Sun insisting that it didn't use native controls or cleartype. Even today it still doesn't look great which is why it is rarely used for shinkwrap applications.

If Microsoft really cared about open standards, they'd have used ODF like nearly every one of their competitors do.

My experience leads me to believe that the truth is somewhere in the middle. I agree that Microsoft does not care about open standards but the ODF was not built to handle everything in Excel. There would have been a conflict of interest regardless since MS would want the format designed around Office.

OOXML is an open standard, the issue is more that LibreOffice/OpenOffice developers do not care about providing 100% compatibility. I could even dig up a link where one of them states this explicitly.

What's more, .NET was only developed after MS got sued by Sun for releasing their own incompatible Java run times.

That goes back to Java running like crap in Windows, which was the fault of Sun. Windows developers were ready to embrace Java but Sun was stubborn about non-native controls and the JRE.

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