Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th May 2013 00:45 UTC
Google "So in summary... Google has pulled the plug on support on a protocol they've helped popularize, after years of promising interoperability, for reasons that are dubious at best, and in a way that leaves people who don't jump to the new Hangouts app unable to talk to their contacts without any feedback that their IMs aren't getting through... And they've done that with no warning to anyone. I imagine there's a bunch of people out there wondering where some of their buddies have gone, or why their messages aren't getting responses, because this isn't documented anywhere." Google really messed this up. Such a dick move.
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RE[3]: Comment by marcp
by Nelson on Sat 25th May 2013 19:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by marcp"
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Running a Linux VM on an Azure Instance in Microsoft's Cloud. Yeah, sure sounds like vendor lock in.

Microsoft has plenty of open source initiatives and has published numerous specifications for their technologies with the relevant standards bodies.

Microsoft is incredibly active on the W3C, their .NET scene is pivoting towards open source, and their browser embraces more open standards with every release.

This doesn't have much to do with Microsoft, and plenty to do with Google using and abusing open source to suit their own agenda.

This classic bait and switch is hilarious, if for little more than the fact that the wool was pulled over the eyes of the OSNews collective and they never saw it coming.

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