BoycottNovell website continues its quest in exposing Microsoft’s dirty linen by mining Microsoft documents, the very documents they are forced to disclose in various lawsuit. I thought those documents are interesting coz they give us a peek into how big companies operate. Not very nice if you are the one who has your documents/emails exposed, it will feel like someone forcing you to wash your dirty linen in public.
I must say I am inexperience enough to say whether Microsoft tactics is the “industry norm” or they went way above the top. However, this titbit is interesting, if there is a question on whether you should trust study compiled by a company but financed by another, this will put the final nail in the coffin: One internal email says “If the IDC report won’t cut it [,i.e., don’t put Windows on top] , then we get another one done.”
The fall out for Microsoft is obvious. How about IDC? Interestingly, on the surface it is easy to claim that IDC is a hired gun, but look a bit closer you can argue that IDC does maintain some independence or otherwise there will not be any worry that the report won’t cut it.