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On 10.05.00, 10:52:51, Noel Carroll <Noel.Carroll at CardBase.com> wrote
regarding [ILUG] M$Orifice for Linux:
> I heard somewhere the other day that M$ have 34 developers working on
> porting Orifice to Linux. I think this story has been going around for
> while as I'm certain I heard something like that on /. over a year ago.
> point is anyway that I couldn't see this going very far for M$.
Imagine that you have unscrupulous company A, customer base B, and
potential competitors C.
Competitors C see a market for a word processor on platform Linux,
writing wp is a lot of effort, commercial companies require a potential
base B to buy it. It must be as featured as company As. B will buy it if
that can be guaranteed. Unscrupulous A announces that they will port
their wp to Linux, innocent base B says to itself "I will wait until that
is available, then I will buy that", competitors C are stymied, they
cannot get advance orders, everyone goes into a holding pattern waiting
for A to announce its plans one way or the other. Clever tactic, yes?
No point waiting for something which is even less than vapourware, its
just standard ms mechanism for frightening competitors and freezing
customers. Its existence as a rumour is probably more useful than its
reality. MS also let it be known that Office2k would use xml as its
native file format, I had a few small wv contracts that pulled out of a
funding discussion because they believed the hype that they would be able
to parse .doc's with xml tools. Believing a single word about a ms
product before you can put your own hands on it yourself is a fatal
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