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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Lies Using Shill 'Analysts' with Statistical Black Art

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Lies Using Shill 'Analysts' with Statistical Black Art
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2008 01:21:35 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

,----[ Quote ]
| They've done the same thing with the Web. Any web browser should be able to 
| view any site. Instead, we have sites that exclude anything but Internet 
| Explorer, and even some sites that exclude all but specific versions. The 
| amount of pressure Microsoft is able to put on users without most of them 
| even realizing it is incredible. They provide a "free" browser with their OS, 
| and users never realize they are seeing a side of the Web unavailable if they 
| switch; and if they do switch, it's nearly impossible to get some sites to 
| work, leaving the impression the alternative product is somehow defective.       
| So Microsoft owns the game, and they don't really want any other players. 
| Which is probably why they're currently trying to buy Yahoo! And they have 
| the money to do it. Hell, they even lied to a judge and tried to get away 
| with it. Come to think of it, I'd say they did.   



[From the horse's own mouth (Microsoft on paying 'analysts' to lie)]


Other Underreported Stories: Analyst Integrity?

,----[ Quote ]
| There was a pretty interesting discussion with views on both sides. Some felt 
| that the rumors have been so persistent that, well, where there's smoke 
| there's fire. Others saying they have heard from someone who heard from 
| someone that once they started paying their exposure improved. Others saying 
| it's just like the rumors that magazine advertisers get better reviews, an 
| accusation that has been levied to Ziff-Davis publications, as well as 
| photography and stereo equipment magazines for years.      


Credibility Of Analysts

,----[ Quote
| Research firms make their living by offering expert advice to business and 
| technology people about the best ways to invest their IT dollars. It can be 
| invaluable insight, but only if that analysis comes with no strings attached. 
| And on that, there's no guarantee.   
| Forrester, Gartner, IDC, and others insist their output is squeaky clean, yet 
| they also rake in millions providing services to the very same companies they 
| monitor, heavyweights like Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle. Which leads to 
| a question that continues to dog the research firms: How much influence do 
| technology vendors have over their work?    


,----[ Quotes with annotation ]
| "(Microsoft manager:) I don't like the fact that the report show us losing 
| on TCO on webservers. I don't like the fact that the report show us losing 
| on availability (windows was down more than linux). And I don't like the 
| fact that the reports says nothing new is coming with windows .net server."
| [...]
| "I don't like it to be public on the doc that we sponsored it because I 
| don't think the outcome is as favorable as we had hoped. I just don't like 
| competitors using it as ammo against us. It is easier if it doesn't mention 
| that we sponsored it."


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