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In a message dated 13/04/2003 15:34:53 GMT Daylight Time, uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com writes:

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> In a message dated 12/04/2003 18:25:06 GMT Daylight Time,
> uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com writes:
> > But I've always been skeptical that Microsoft has it in their DNA to make
> > the fundamental changes in outlook required to truly open up XML to their
> > Office users.  Even the slickest UI cannot overcome a mismatch between the
> > interests of a vendor and its customers, which, I think has become very
> > large recently in the case of MS.
> >
> Uche,
> Realistically, do you do all your coding for free? Do I write or code for
> free? If we did do everything for free then, in one sense, our customers
> would ... in the short term at least ... benefit. But it isn't a sustainable
> business model, or so it seems to me.

Try actually reading what you just quoted above.  Your response is so
completely off point from what I posted that I wonder whether you did
actual;ly read my message.


If you follow through by reading the interaction with Frank you may see that I am exploring or making a different set of assumptions than those you seem to be making about where the boundary might lie about what is Microsoft's and what belongs to the user. In fact I am suggesting that the boundary might be significantly more fuzzy than some/many on this list might view it as being.

Of course the suggestion that I am putting forward may be wrong. The initial responses to the thesis have been on a spectrum from "interesting and reasonable" to "the most ridiculous suggestion I have heard in a long time". That divergence of response suggests, to my simple mind at least, that assumptions are differing substantially and that further careful thought might be in order.

If Microsoft opens up its XML then it is making or being asked to make ... if my set of assumptions has any validity ... a much more radical change in approach than you seem to assume that it is.

Andrew Watt


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