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  • (rhk) [[http://www.aaxnet.com/editor/edit029.html][23-Feb-03
2003 And Beyond: Technology trends that will affect your business and how you do business.]] -- Long list of problems / stories about Microsoft (I might have an earlier version of this already on the twiki)

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the integrity of content and software protected by digital rights management ("Secure Content"), Microsoft may provide security related updates to the OS Components that will be automatically downloaded onto your computer. These security related updates may disable your ability to copy and/or play Secure Content and use other software on your computer. If we provide such a security update, we will use reasonable efforts to post notices on a web site explaining the update.
  • (rhk) Anthony L. Awtrey: Linux in the enterprise; 30 Jul 2002 -- mentions Microsoft's attempts to break LDAP:

    "Microsoft Outlook has worked acceptably with LDAP until the release of Outlook 2002. Do a search in Google groups for "outlook 2002 ldap" and read through some of the reports. The basic problem is that Microsoft has written the default LDAP search query so badly that it sometimes takes minutes to get a result back. One person has even identified the problem with the query, searched the Windows registry for where it is defined and changed it. Unfortunately, Outlook 2002 does not appear to observe the change and still uses the poorly formatted query. By contrast, using the Netscape or Mozilla mail client returns results from partially typed names in almost no time.

    Microsoft can truthfully claim LDAP support and under a strict interpretation of the statement. What they have done in reality is changed their recent version of Outlook to make using LDAP so unpalatable that Microsoft Exchange looks like the only solution available. Simple queries take forever and if you want to search for specific records, the advanced search form is three levels deeps and so difficult to find that many inexperienced users assume there is no way to do it.

    This is the same strategy that Microsoft has pursued against competitive products and protocols for years. Lip service is paid to standards, but anything that might actually work is broken as products 'mature'. The Linux messaging client Evolution has managed to make accessing LDAP look exactly like the contact tab in Outlook. In the most recent versions of Evolution, you can now fully manage the LDAP data from the application itself instead of relying on command line or web-based tools. This is real progress and application maturity. I'd be very surprised if you will ever be able to search or edit LDAP contact data from a Microsoft email client."

  • Windows XP Shows the Direction Microsoft is Going; Michael Jennings; updated November 4, 2002 -- an essay listing (some of) the problems to be expected with Microsoft and their business strategy -- sometimes a little elementary and maybe stretching a point -- read part of it

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  • () RandyKramer - 08 Jul 2002
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