groklaw.net: The New Zealand Open Source Society is reporting that an employee at Microsoft New Zealand recently sent an email to one of the technical bodies advising an NB involved in the OOXML ISO process, smearing a man's reputation, Matthew Holloway, apparently to undermine his technical input which was critical of OOXML.
Matt Asay: There is a tragic (but rich) irony in the news that Microsoft failed in its appeal to throw out Novell's decade-old antitrust lawsuit against it. On one hand, you have Novell arguing (rightly) in court that Microsoft unfairly bullies competitors. On the other hand, we see Novell supping at the feet of Microsoft to revive its Linux business.
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itwire.com: When Microsoft talks about open source, people in the FOSS community tend to generally take it with a pinch - or more likely a kilo - of salt. Revealing the crown jewels of its empire - the Windows source code - has never ever been canvassed.
Also: Windows 7 eyed by antitrust regulators
softwarefreedom.org: The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance free and open source software, today published a paper that considers the legal implications of Microsoft's Open Specification Promise (OSP) and explains why it should not be relied upon by developers concerned about patent risk.
Also: Lost in the OOXML Fog
tectonic.co.za: Microsoft yesterday announced a beta of its Microsoft Office Live Workspace beta, an online platform were users can store documents and share them with others. Reviews of Microsoft Office Live Workspace have been varied but if you’re running Linux you won’t get to use the Live Workspace at all.
penguinpetes.com: I have a standing moral obligation with myself as follows: If Microsoft ever released a purely Open-Source or Free Software system I would download it, try it out, review it, and possibly adopt it, to be treated no different from software from, for example, Red Hat Inc. or BSD. But I'm poring over the license, and this seems like it doesn't qualify.
desktoplinux.com: I had really thought that Vista SP1 would be an improvement. I didn't think it would be a big improvement, but still that it would be more competitive with Windows XP and the modern Linux desktop. I was wrong.
Matthew Aslett: The Ballot Resolution Meeting to discuss the technical comments arising from the fast track process to have Microsoft’s Office Open XML formats accepted as an ISO standard was held last week in Geneva. The object of the BRM is to seek consensus on potential modifications. Opinion is divided as to whether the meeting was a success, however:
Also: What's in a label? ODF vs. OOXML and Open Standards
And: Rubber-stamping of OOXML raises concerns
blogs.cnet.com: The Seattle Post Intelligencer has collected and ranked the all-time worst (read: most incriminating) Microsoft emails of all time, and a dandy list it is, too. Perhaps my favorite of the bunch is Jim Allchin's 2004 blast against Windows...and in favor of the Mac: