Que dicer de election?

Microsoft se effortia multo pro assecurar que su usatores resta incarcerate in su productos.

Circa tres milliones de computatores se vende cata anno in China, ma le gente non paga pro le software.

Ma, un die, le gente pagara. Durante que on lo fura, nos vole que on fura le nostre. On devenira quasi dependente, e alora nos determinara in alcun modo como recolliger alcun vice in le proxime decennio.

Bill Gates, Interview de 1998

Supporto mancante pro standards aperte

Existe formatos de file e protocollos aperte, standards pro immagazinar e transferer multe typos de information. Istes ha specificationes aperte: pote esser legite per quicunque sur qualcunque computator, ora e in le futuro. Programmas proprietari, nonobstante, rarmente los supporta.

Durante multe tempore, Microsoft Office habeva solmente supporto pro formatos de Microsoft. Il ha multe manieras de scriber documentos de travalio, ma usatores de Microsoft Office esseva ligate al files de Microsoft Office. Le personas travaliante sin productos costose de Microsoft non pote scriber e leger files .doc con fidelitate.

There are of course other ways of writing and exchanging office files, the most well-known being the OpenDocument Format. But Microsoft isn't keen on letting Office users exchange files anyone can read and edit. As of Microsoft Office 2007 SP2, Microsoft finally added support for the ODF format after being pushed by the European Commission.

Standards that change all the time

Sticking to Microsoft standards is not an easy job – unless you can afford to upgrade very often. Ever tried to work on the same .doc file with both an Office 95 and an Office 97 computer? You'll know what we mean.

Microsoft owns the Office file formats: they change them with every new Office version and have no obligation to keep them backwards-compatible. Saved your presentation as a .ppt file? If you give up using Microsoft Office next year, you'll have to rely on other communities to reverse-engineer the format, to be able to access and modify your own work.

Default programs you can't uninstall

Don't want Windows Media Player on your computer? Don't use Internet Explorer anymore? You can't uninstall these programs. They previously worked on a standalone basis, but have been intrinsically linked with Windows – so they come in with every PC and no one can get rid of them.

Monopolistic practices

Microsoft has a tight control over OEMs (computer manufacturers) who ship their computers with Windows installed.
This means that no program competing with Microsoft products, be it multimedia player, web browser, office suite, instant messaging program or other, will come pre-installed on most computers you can buy.

It is a good thing to propose a wide range of software and services like Microsoft do; however, designing and combining them to shut users from non-Microsoft peers is unethical. It's not technically hard to adopt more open formats. But it means your customers are free to choose what they do with their work – Microsoft isn't there yet.