Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Maturity -- Maybe 

This column trumpets Microsoft's maturity as a company in releasing its code to developers. Maybe. It is clear the EU is not buying the argument. The lesson appears to be that maturity is difficult to achieve and gaining credibility for it even harder. It is like parents who have watched junior grow to an adult but persist in treating him as an adolescent.

Microsoft fought hard for its position and not always fairly. It is going to take a long time for regulators to forget. Developers will remain wary as well. The rest of us? I'm cautiously optimistic but in a wait-and-see mode too. It is hard for a company as large and as powerful as Microsoft to turn into a new course. There needs to be a great deal of behavior change. That doesn't come easily. So, we wait and watch.


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