Microsoft launches attack on OpenOffice

Summary:Microsoft has a long-established practice of disarming competition by not acknowledging it, because acknowledging the competition gives it power. Well, the Redmond giant has changed stance when it comes to OpenOffice and launched a video attack on the free alternative to the Office software suite.

Microsoft has a long-established practice of disarming competition by not acknowledging it, because acknowledging the competition gives it power. Well, the Redmond giant has changed stance when it comes to OpenOffice and launched a video attack on the free alternative to the Office software suite.

Here's the video:

Most of the quotes used in this video relate back to press releases and case studies hosted on the Microsoft website. The quotes revolve around higher support costs, interoperability issues, decreased performance and efficiency, and increased frustration. Then there's a selection of quotes gushing over Microsoft Office.

[UPDATE: Ars Technica has done the digging and found links to the quotes used.]

[UPDATE #2: Glyn Moody writing for ComputerWorld UK has the following to say: "You don't compare a rival's product with your own if it is not comparable. And you don't make this kind of attack video unless you are really, really worried about the growing success of a competitor."]

Topics: Collaboration, Microsoft, Open Source, Security, Software

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