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[4]: Comment by marcp
by Valhalla on Sat 25th May 2013 20:57 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: 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.

That support is a result of Linux already having a huge presence in typical VM workloads, as such not supporting Linux on Azure would be commercial suicide.

Are you seriously trying to pass that off as evidence of Microsoft not being about vendor lock-in?

Microsoft is incredibly active on the W3C

I'm sure, just as they were incredibly active when they bribed their way in getting OOXML accepted as an ISO standard.

their .NET scene is pivoting towards open source,

Whatever the '.NET scene' is 'pivoting' to is not due to Microsoft, how about they open source .NET and allow it to be ported to any platform? Now that could indeed be construed as them 'pivoting' towards open source.

and plenty to do with Google using and abusing open source to suit their own agenda.

How is Google 'abusing' open source? As for using open source for their own agenda, certainly, just as every other company out there which uses open source.

Google however also gives a lot back to open source, which is something that can't be said for many companies.

Certainly not Microsoft whose 'open source initiatives' as you described them are extremely weak at best, but furthermore has a long history of actively trying to harm open source and open source projects.

This classic bait and switch is hilarious,

Coming from a Microsoft fanboy it makes you sound like you suffer from Stockholm syndrome.

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