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   Re: Washington Post column on Ballmer

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  • From: Matt Sergeant <matt@sergeant.org>
  • To: Wendell Piez <wapiez@mulberrytech.com>
  • Date: Sun, 7 May 2000 17:39:41 +0100 (BST)

On Sun, 7 May 2000, Wendell Piez wrote:

> In today's Washington Post, in an admiring column on Microsoft's CEO Steve
> Ballmer (cf.
> http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19908-2000May6.html), David
> Ignatius writes:
>   Ballmer hopes to build Microsoft's new identity partly around a 
>   computing language known as XML. Invented several years ago by two 
>   Microsoft technologists, it allows easy exchange of information among 
>   different devices, across the Internet
>   (Washington Post, May 7 2000, pB7).
> Does this misrepresentation matter? It scares me. Until that point, I was
> reading the article sympathetically, reflecting that Ballmer may actually
> be seeking to change, for the better, the way Microsoft works with its
> partners, competitors and customers, as Ignatius suggests. Then I come
> across this, and wonder who believes it.
> The troubling part is that, if Microsoft actually believes it invented this
> technology, that implies that they regard it as something they can change
> in spite of the commitments of the rest of us.

I very much doubt they do believe that. This is probably just yet another
journalist not doing his research. I'm so sick and tired of terrible
journalism - I've given up with the regular news outlets. The Register
seem to be the only ones with half a clue - and they're tabloid!


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