“Microsoft phoned Conservative MPs with Microsoft R&D facilities in their constituencies and said, â€˜we will close them down in your constituency if this goes throughâ€™”
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.