Hari Shanker R

Hari Shanker R

A Happiness Engineer at Automattic.

Ban on sales of MS Word – Another nail in Microsoft’s coffin

Finally, I get my retribution. Microsoft is banned from selling MS Word and/or any applications that can open DOCX/DOCM/XML files in the USA!! Whee!! πŸ™‚ The ruling that made Bill Gates Steve Balmer pee in his pants came from a judge in Texas – a landmark for GNU/Linux, I might add.

i4i Inc – a company operating from Toronto, is the root cause behind M$’s latest fitfall. The firm succeeded in winning an injunction against M$, concerning gross violations of its XML patents. To quote from the ruling, the judgementΒ  β€œprohibits Microsoft from selling or importing to the United States any Microsoft Word products that have the capability of opening .XML, .DOCX or DOCM files (XML files) containing custom XML”. The incident is reminiscent of the old IE frazzle has kicked Microsoft out cold! The breather for this monopolistic giant is the mere 60 day time window to implement the injunction.

So, does this mean M$ is goanna be the next dead duck?

Not really.

M$ has the money and muscle power, not to mention access to all the movers and shakers. The doyens of the company are taking the news in the stride and have decided to fight back against the small-time company i4i with all might. It’s going to be tough time for i4i, whichΒ  might, in all probability, go the Netscape way – to dysfunction, considering the might of the corporate conglomerate pitted against it. However, it must be said that i4i has some brave dudes out there who’ve achieved great success against M$ – a victory none else has been able to secure. If things go the way they are actually supposed to be (provided i4i gets a super-awesome lawyer and/or protection from M$’s corporate espionageΒ  – if any), we might see the first days of M$ doom. I’m goanna celebrate that with crackers! πŸ˜›

Image Courtesy: XKCD

All this brings out the main reason why I all of us GNU/Linux enthusiasts hate M$ Windows – Their highly monopolistic, derogatory and user-hampering principles!! It’s a fact that M$ pays the highest paychecks to its employees and harbours the world’s most brilliant Computer Scientists/Engineers. Yet, just see the countless bugs in Windows Vista!! 😐 If a group of ‘hackers’ could collaborate and create a very user friendly operating system that has all the goodies of Vista and consumes a tenth as much memory (Kubuntu 9.04), why can’t M$ do the same? The glaring answer is there in the question itself! The bugs are deliberate. Had M$ been as stable an O/S as GNU/Linux, a major chunk of the antivirus/’protection’ software companies would go bankrupt! Unless M$ finds a solution to the countless bugs in its software and do some serious rethinking about its policies, it’s a downward lane for the company. The indicators have already started pointing to that fact. πŸ˜€

As far as I’m concerned, I’m content with my OpenOffice 3.0 and Kubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope! πŸ˜›

4 Comments

  1. Ajai

    Dude….

    Im with Microsoft!!!…

    It really ridiculas to say "you cant open XML in ur text file editor"…

    After all I'm running Win7 for the last 7 months… Man it really awesome… Wait and try before criticising anything new… You are a typical communist !!! πŸ˜›

    1. hari

      @ Ajai:
      First of all, I'm NOT a communist, period. πŸ˜›

      And I've used Win7, bro! πŸ˜€ A lot of times. It has tonnes of driver issues. Hope it'll be sorted out by the time of official release. πŸ˜€

      Great to see you here. πŸ™‚

  2. KC

    all this is fine… but i'm still a happy windows user… none of the really good games i play have linux versions, and even if they did, no one i know has them… and this ban would probably be lifted within a month tops… so, for a normal guy, windows beats linux any day…

    1. hari

      @ KC:
      Most Windows games run perfectly in GNU/Linux. With emulators like VirtualBox. πŸ™‚ And, what's your take on virust attacks, lol! πŸ˜›

      I agree with you that Linux still hasn't lost its geeky aura completely. But it's only a matter of time. πŸ˜€ And it's always good to have Linux installed side-by-side. πŸ˜€

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