Setting Software Free

Steve Gillmor has a great article, The Alchin Tax

Setting Software Free

Steve Gillmor has a great article, The Alchin Tax, about where Microsoft is locating its XML editor and when.

Basically (to cut to the bottom line), Microsoft may be building on standards, but it's planning on offering the product inside its operating system in the 2005/6 timeframe.  That means:

  • You can't use it except as a Windows user; and
  • You're going to have to wait a long time

Many of us are hoping for a great, new editor that works in web-space (and is suitable for blogging, among other things), a lot sooner, and not just in Windows.  Steve points out that it isn't likely other communities (Open Source and Sun, for two) will sit still and wait for two or three years, especially since this won't really help them anyway.

You may want to read this in light of what Dave Winer sees as the Bill Gates/Microsoft view of the Internet.  A sort of Microsoft owns the 'net view.

We're going to send this along to our friends at Microsoft and ask them if they'd care to comment.  They may, to be fair, have a different take on this.  [amywohl News]

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