Microsoft must seriously reconsider the software release process. It now acknowledge it misappropriate someone else’s code again. Everytime it is blamed on third party.
The last time this happens, i.e., on a Windows Download Tool, I can accept that it is a third party at fault because it is a small part of the Microsoft Empire.
This time, they are claiming that one of their flagship product is being developed by third party. It is hard to believe it.
Either case, Microsoft seriously need to tighten their release process. Acknowledging and rectifying the problem quickly is one thing, having it happens again and again shows a nonchalant attitude towards other people’s IP. That is very bad for a company trading on IPs.
[Updated 16 Dec] Plurk’s response, as reported by TheRegister, shows that it also does not believe that it is entirely the fault of an external vendor.