Is There a Method to Mundies Madness?
What the heck was he doing? That's what everyone wanted to know when Craig Mundie, Microsoft's vice president of advanced technologies, challenged the open-source license earlier this month.What the heck was he doing? Thats what everyone wanted to know when Craig Mundie, Microsofts vice president of advanced technologies, challenged the open-source license earlier this month (go to www.eweek.com/links to see what Mundie had to say). Not much good can possibly come from such a presentation. Then again, nothing good can come of Linus Torvalds ripping into Mundie, proving that Torvalds is really no different from the people hes criticizing. But my focus is on Mundies presentation, which was on innovation in the industry. Microsoft is frequently attacked for not being innovative. Some give Microsoft credit for stealing ideas, paying cash to avoid lawsuits and then marketing the ideas as its own. No one knows what innovation is anymore because its obvious that everything borrows from something else. Thats how we build thingsone piece at a time, based on things that already exist.
Microsoft makes some loose assumptions about innovation, however. Two weeks ago, on a whim, I checked out www.microsoft.com/innovation, a page describing Microsofts ability to integrate computing concepts. Clearly, Microsoft views innovation and integration as interchangeable notions. (Microsoft has since removed the link.)