Tuesday, 16 December 2003

Microsoft would prevent customers from considering OS options

Australian IT reports Microsoft's vehement opposition to a new Australian Capital Territory statute ("Microsoft steams over open source Bill").

Microsoft labelled the legislation "anti-competitive", and warned that it could damage the Australian software industry. … "The ACT decision is of concern because it affects all software companies," [a spokeswoman for Microsoft] said. "Any legislation that seeks to mandate preferences for one platform over another can limit choice and can be anti-competitive and bad for the Australian software industry as a whole."
The irony? The law merely "calls for government to 'consider' the purchase of open source software in procurement plans. The original version of the Bill would have required the ACT to 'prefer' open source software." I suppose that if you are Microsoft, even admitting the existence of open source alternatives can be bad.

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