Put The Job-cuts Where They Belong, In Redmond

“Microsoft phoned Conservative MPs with Microsoft R&D facilities in their constituencies and said, ‘we will close them down in your constituency if this goes through’”
 
See Microsoft faces claims it threatened MPs with job cuts in constituencies
In the old days, M$ used to bully key people everywhere to give their software the inside track in IT-decisions. That’s working less well these days with such tactics being published far and wide on the Internet and in the news-media. When ODF was crucial, M$ went far beyond normal advocacy bullying governments deciding the fate of documents in their systems. Now, it’s time to return the favour.

The world doesn’t need M$ at all in IT. That’s obvious. Further, there’s no reason to choose IT from a known bully. Just say “No” to M$ and let them cut their own staff. The world can and does make its own software based on FLOSS and */Linux operating systems. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux as the base of a good IT-system. It has worked for me and my employers for 15 years. It can work for you too.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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7 Responses to Put The Job-cuts Where They Belong, In Redmond

  1. ram wrote, ““Bully” is the wrong word. “Gangster” my be more appropriate”.

    Bullying is how M$ held the gang together. It’s a less effective technique now. M$ has to lead the faithful while alienating as few as possible. They have to be subtle and persuasive at all turns. That’s why the year of $free migrations to “10”. That’s the only way they can compete with Free Software but it’s not a monopolist’s tactic. It’s a normal business tactic. That’s a dramatic change for the better. M$ will have to compete on price/performance from now on at least with consumers. Businesses are heavily locked in but at least they now know they have an option and a powerful leverage against M$. M$ and all its salesmen know that every business is not bluffing when they threaten to migrate to */Linux, even partially. M$ is no longer in the driver’s seat but is just a passenger in the flow of the market, along for the ride.

    Certainly, M$ will continue to rake in huge profits for the forseeable future but those profits will be earned in large part from now on. The world doesn’t owe M$ a living and the world knows it.

  2. ram says:

    “Bully” is the wrong word. “Gangster” my be more appropriate.

  3. oe says:

    “It’s not just a technological fight. We must fight bribery, political extortion, PR and marketing. Micro$oft will go through all lengths at their disposal and drop hundreds of billions of dollars in this fight. But no matter what GNU/Linux will surely win.”

    until they’re (M$ and/or crApple) deemed in bankruptcy as “too big to fail” and get bailed out courtesy the US Taxpayer……

  4. LinuxGentlesir says:

    It’s not just a technological fight. We must fight bribery, political extortion, PR and marketing. Micro$oft will go through all lengths at their disposal and drop hundreds of billions of dollars in this fight. But no matter what GNU/Linux will surely win.

  5. dougman says:

    M$ already had job cuts.

    http://money.cnn.com/2014/07/17/technology/enterprise/microsoft-job-cuts/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRV6PXB6QLk

    Actually M$ got its MVP’s do do all the dirty work for them. Linux??…only hackers use that..its open source, so everyone can see whats inside and hack it…you don’t want that!

    Eh.

  6. oiaohm says:

    kurkosdr
    Shouldn’t there be an investigation on Microsoft’s attempts to wield unjust influence on MPs using… bahaha, got you there. This is not how the today’s world works. Sadly.
    Really moron at work I see.

    Let me state how the world works for a simple idiot like Kurkosdr to understand.

    1 Political parties take money under the table when it suite them.
    2 when some stuck up company starts using threats Political Parties get upset also if the possibility that they have been taking money under the table to alter their votes has leaked.
    3 Political Party goes to Media to get Media on side against the company they are planing on having the Investigation done.
    4 Then Political party gets Investigation started at a good time for them yes even if it costs them a few members to make the case solid.
    5 When this comes a slam dunk this becomes PR boost for standing up for the little guy for Political party and removing weeds from their ranks.

    So by this the next step will be the investigation on Microsoft. Question when are the USA elections. Of course is handy to time the win of the investigation to cover over any possible bad PR.

    Yes there are 3 basic rules to getting governments to vote how you want.
    1) Never threaten. Most people in government agree with the policy of don’t deal with terrorists. This includes threatening to close of change actions.
    2) Bribes must look nice and above board.
    3) Positive Public Perception of your company making you a source of vote gains for elected officials is far more powerful than Money. Yes if standing next to your CEO will make a elected official look good you have a lot more pull. Head of Google or Apple is going to be seen way more positive than standing next to the Head of Microsoft.

  7. kurkosdr says:

    Shouldn’t there be an investigation on Microsoft’s attempts to wield unjust influence on MPs using… bahaha, got you there. This is not how the today’s world works. Sadly.

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