Another standards war starring Microsoft

Microsoft and Mozilla have engaged a fight over the future of’  JavaScript (better called ECMAScript): Microsoft prefers to abandon it and start anew with another language based on its .NET script, while Mozilla prefers to evolve JS to a new version, ECMAScript4. Leaving the technical details aside, I think once again that Microsoft needs to…

Final stages of the office documents standards war

If you close your eyes and stay in silence for a few minutes you will hear the echo of the fight engaged by Microsoft against Google and IBM (with many more smaller allies) to dominate the future of office documents. I’m now following from the distance and there is so much dust it’s impossible to…

Microsoft is changing focus, will it change attitude?

I’ve placed a bet that Microsoft will change radically its business model when Gates will leave his chair to Ray Ozzie, so I was trying to get a clue from Ozzie’s speech at the MIX last week. I wasn’t too impressed by his keynote, though, it was too much in the old known ‘corporate style’,…

Mobile open standards and Funambol on the Blackberry

Only a couple days ago I was having lunch with Carlo Piana and we started chatting about his Blackberry and about its dependence on MS Exchange. I’m moving the first steps in the mobile arena and I’ve already confirmed that the standards war on the desktop is nothing compared to the war on mobile standards.…

Microsoft, antitrust, EC, interoperability: deja-vu

Here we are again with the European Commission being asked by a competitor to remind Microsoft that competition doesn’t mean abuse of dominant position. I have a sense of deja-vu. Opera Software has asked the EC to investigate if Microsoft is abusing its dominant position by tying its browser, Internet Explorer, to the Windows operating…

Microsoft/Novell collaborano su Silverlight

Microsoft e Novell annunciano un’altra collaborazione importante. Ne parla estesamente Miguel de Icaza, capo sviluppatore di Mono (l’ambiente .NET libero) sul suo blog. Today we are announcing a new collaboration with Microsoft around Silverlight. The Mono team at Novell will implement open source versions of Silverlight 1.0 and Silverlight 1.1. Our implementation of Silverlight is…

Microsoft behaviour on OOXML pokes ESR

Eric Raymond is back and has written, with his very recognizable style, that he dislikes what Microsoft is doing to get OOXML approved by the International Standards Organization.  Good old ESR is so disgusted by the maneuvers to destroy ISO’s credibility only to maintain Microsoft’s monopoly on Office that he is willing to change his mind about Open Source Initiative’s position:

OSI will treat any licenses submitted to Microsoft strictly on their
merits, without fear or favor. That remains OSI’s position. But…

Yes, there is a but, he says:

Despite my previous determination, I find I’m almost ready to recommend
that OSI tell Microsoft to ram its licenses up one of its own orifices,
even if they are technically OSD compliant. Because what good is it to
conform to the letter of OSD if you’re raping its spirit?

I agree with ESR: who cares if some of Microsoft’s license technically grant four freedoms (or 9 principles). The problem is that Microsoft is not being a good member of the digital society, it’s still acting as a bully in the school backyard.

Now I wish Eric recognized that what he said means that OSI is about moral principles as much as FSFs are and there is nothing to be ashamed for this.

Ancora su Microsoft, CC e Lessig

Mantellini ha etichettato la mia opinione sul plugin di MS Office che assegna ai documenti una licenza Cretive Commons come ‘rigida’. Credo che sia utile spiegare a questo punto perché la mia opinione è ‘rigida’. Semplicemente io penso che non ci sia proprio niente di cui gioire. Mi spiego. Lessig nel suo libro ‘Code is…

L’Europa non può aspettare Microsoft

La Commissione Europea ha rallentato nell’adozione di OpenDocument Format in attesa dello standard di Microsoft, OpenXML, perché ODF non era approvato da un ente di standardizzazione riconosciuto. Ora però che ODF è uno standard ISO non ci sono più motivi per attendere i ritardatari. Il mercato è veloce, e Microsoft è stata lenta (anche stavolta,…