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ambassador at fourthworld.com
Thu Jan 6 11:55:07 CST 2005
Lynch, Jonathan wrote:
> But - somehow MS word manages to look the same between both.
> Not to sound paranoid or anything, but I tend to imagine it
> was designed that way on purpose to make it tougher for
> competing programs.
It seems you're not paranoid at all.
The decades' old rumors of Micro$oft using undocumented APIs in their
own apps were confirmed in some of the anti-trust lawsuits won against
them by more than two dozen governments worldwide in recent years.
Maybe the most entertaining read on the subject is Penfield Jackson's
Finding of Facts on the case:
"Microsoft has demonstrated that it will use its prodigious
market power and immense profits to harm any firm that
insists on pursuing initiatives that could intensify
competition against one of Microsoft's core products. The
ultimate result is that some innovations that would truly
benefit consumers never occur for the sole reason that
they do not coincide with Microsoft's self-interest."
Fourth World Media Corporation
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