Sun, Jan 18 2009 23:19
Dear EU: Do you take paypal?
Dear EU commission:
Do you take Paypal? Seriously. I see that you are suing Microsoft again. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/647e7e40-e599-11dd-afe4-0000779fd2ac.html?nclick_check=1 Must mean you need more money. So how about I send you some so that more software building decisions are done because it's solid engineering decisions and not some stupid counter move against an EU lawsuit. Every time I look at a confusing Microsoft SKU list, the EU versions of the software don't help me understanding what product I need to buy.
I'm sorry to be in a snarky mood tonight but I'm tired of shortcuts, buttons and toolbars that I kinda like being impacted by your threats. Remember when one of the hotfixes and later a service pack took off the shortcut in XP to show IE on the desktop? Yeah, my impression we have you guys to thank for that one. It was a competition move. Already I'm annoyed that Windows 7 doesn't natively have IE at the top of the Start menu. Do we get to thank you for that default?
But seriously do you think that threatening another lawsuit is going to give Opera or Firefox a competing edge? What happened to the good old fashioned idea that if you build a better mousetrap that people buy your stuff? Heck, the competing browsers are all for free. So all you have to do is to download any browser you want. Do you honestly think that this generation of folks that can facebook/twitter/iphone/ can't figure out how to download a browser? How about you start a lawsuit against Apple for shoving Safari down when you updated iTunes? I think that's a more disagreeable vendor practice.
Or how about suing Microsoft for offering up Silverlight in Vista and Windows 7 updates, huh? Now there's something I'd support you guys on. Or how about suing for confusing SKU codes, and licensing? Try explaining SQL licensing sometime and see how that needs to be cleaned up? But enough is enough with the IE stuff okay? People LIKE Firefox. People LIKE Chrome. That's what competition is all about. You build something that people like.
And if I want IE on my Mac Mini, you guys planning to sue for that?
But seriously, I'll send you some money via paypal so you can leave ALL of the software vendors to make software design decisions based on solid engineering and not because some Attorney says it would be a wise counter move.
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