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RE: Microsoft and XForms

From: Chalker, Dean <Dean.Chalker@intelliwhere.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004 14:19:12 +1000
Message-ID: <9977CED90D46834AA24251691BD550100B575D@bofs.ingr-ap.com>
To: www-forms@w3.org


Here's a last bonus quote from Robert Scoble
answering the question why Microsoft doesn't invest in
open standards.

We're not a charity. We are investing billions of
dollars in our technology and our shareholders want a
return on investment.   

2847 Microsoft patents and counting.

 
ripped from 
 
http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/200311/msg00500.html
 

>  -----Original Message-----
>  From: Bob Foster [mailto:bob@objfac.com]
>  Sent: Wednesday, 28 January 2004 2:13 PM
>  To: Dharmesh Mistry
>  Cc: www-forms@w3.org
>  Subject: Re: Microsoft and XForms
>  
>  
>  
>  Dharmesh Mistry wrote:
>  
>  > Yesterday I was at the Microsoft Conf where Bill Gates 
>  previewed Longhorn
>  > the next version of windows.
>  > 
>  > When the architects behind Avalon presented this component 
>  a question was
>  > raised about supporting UI standards such as XForms. The 
>  answer was at this
>  > stage MS needed to provide more than the standards 
>  offered, so they were
>  > going ahead with using XAML (XML Application Markup Language).
>  > 
>  > My interpretation to this is MS is not going to support 
>  XForms unless there
>  > is a benefit to them, rather than for the benefits of the standard.
>  > 
>  > Does this group agree? If so what does it mean for XForms?
>  
>  Most people won't support something unless there is a 
>  benefit to them. 
>  I'm not sure there is a benefit to Microsoft in supporting 
>  XForms, but 
>  I'm pretty sure there is no benefit to Microsoft in pre-announcing 
>  support for XForms; it would just distract from their 
>  message. If XForms 
>  gets to be wildly popular, MS will probably support it, 
>  because they can 
>  afford to do everything.
>  
>  As for the second question, MS doesn't support Java or Haskell. What 
>  does it mean for them?
>  
>  What XForms people should really be asking themselves is, what 
>  requirements are XAML et al supporting that XForms isn't, 
>  and vice versa?
>  
>  Bob Foster
>  http://xmlbuddy.com/
>  
>  
Received on Tuesday, 27 January 2004 23:19:51 GMT

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