There are few, if any, organizations in the world today with the same prowess in drafting contracts as the Redmond, Wash.-based behemoth. Time and time again, Microsoft manages to craft cagey deals that make friends out of enemies--or that compel friends to engage in alliances they might not otherwise want to make.
Founder Bill Gates isn't evil, as conspiracy theorists like to allege--he's just the Otto von Bismarck of his day.
True! But some of his employees are a little evil (just a tad).
In case you missed it, A.N.Other added a comment to my recent post on Mozilla Firebird, succintly pointing to a project which is building .NET wrappers for the Gecko engine using Managed C++. I've not yet had a chance to look into this any further. [via Cook Computing] [via Andres Aguiar's Weblog]
This is an interesting development, the crux of the matter being accessibility to Gecko from Visual Studio. Details
Key Quote from Ballmer:
"Information is the lifeblood of business," Ballmer countered, "and software is what gives people and businesses the ability to harness it. Software is what enables us to collect, manipulate, access, store, share, analyze and act on information. It enables companies to constantly hone their competitive edge. So, contrary to the idea that we're entering a 'post-technological era,' I believe that taking software to the next level will be one of the biggest sources of value creation for customers, and that Microsoft is well-positioned to enable this and to benefit from it."