Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Dec 2012 00:03 UTC
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 Outlook.com.
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RE: Hate Vendor lock-in
by Neolander on Tue 18th Dec 2012 08:02 UTC in reply to "Hate Vendor lock-in"
Neolander
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2010-03-08

I hate all the vendor-lock in created by companies especially Google, Microsoft, Oracle,Apple & IBM. These 5 companies crippled IT innovation for years and they are bringing back the old way of computing where every vendor have their own operating system, hardware, their own standards etc.

Playing the devil's advocate, though, we probably wouldn't want to see a world where every standard is under the control of one single entity either. After all, the DVD and HDCP standards each emerged as the One True Standard of their realm at some point, and then everyone could see the result of this unification: unskippable ads, video disks that will only play reliably in one small part of the world, audio and video connectivity that requires an expensive and restrictive license to be implemented...

Edited 2012-12-18 08:14 UTC

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RE[2]: Hate Vendor lock-in
by sisora on Tue 18th Dec 2012 09:31 in reply to "RE: Hate Vendor lock-in"
sisora Member since:
2011-08-26

I agree with you on that perspective. My concern is more about applications that you buy for one platform locks you in that platform forever. Then they make you buy more of their software or hardware. It applies to both consumer and enterprise apps these 5 companies create.

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RE[2]: Hate Vendor lock-in
by JAlexoid on Fri 21st Dec 2012 01:12 in reply to "RE: Hate Vendor lock-in"
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2009-05-19

DVD and HDCP is actually a result of pressure from a lot of media companies.

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RE[3]: Hate Vendor lock-in
by Neolander on Fri 21st Dec 2012 06:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Hate Vendor lock-in"
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2010-03-08

DVD and HDCP is actually a result of pressure from a lot of media companies.

Indeed, but this kind of pressure can be applied much more easily if there is one single point of failure, such as a unique standard or standardization organism, than if there isn't.

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