Microsoft software story is not news
Dennis Byron writes on the Seeking Alpha web site that a Fortune story earlier this week where a Microsoft executive claimed that open source software violated a number of the company’s patents was not news.
Byron wrote, “There is a breathless sense that this claim and all the background and forward looking that derive from it is new news. Thank the mainstream business media for that (Business Week followed with a story). The IT tabloids and blogosphere piled on. Why? This is not new news.
“In fact, if I were a cynic, Iâ€™d almost say the vaunted Microsoft PR machine purposely planned the timing of the Brad Smith interview with Fortune so the story would break on top ofâ€”and ‘push down’â€”news out of last weekâ€™s Red Hat Summit and JavaOne. But the Microsoft PR machine is not as good as the Microhaters always give it credit for. And Iâ€™m trying not to be a cynic now that I am a ‘senior analyst.’
“Since Microsoft has thousands of patents and it wonâ€™t say which 200 of them are involved in its claim, all bloggers and opinion makers can do at this time is wax philosophical. Theyâ€™d be better off waiting until something new happened.”
Read more here. He then lists five reasons why the story was not news.