RE: What the competition looks like

Mr. Brashear said(speaking of Microsoft): "They're interested in "what their customers want"
rather than conformance to standards.  I guess that's what you get when you
have a monopoly.)"

If most government institutions(or stubborn individuals) strongly wanted Ada and Open Source, they could convince Microsoft to integrate/support a Visual Ada in Visual Studio via tax incentives or other military/non-military non-violent actions :)

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-----Original Message-----
From: Brashear, Phil [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, December 02, 1999 6:54 AM
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Subject: Re: What the competition looks like


David Marceau said (speaking of Microsoft):  One big problem...they're not
into open source.

Another big problem with Microsoft and Ada -- they're not into
standardization.  You can pretty much guarantee that a Microsoft Ada would
have additional features not permitted by the standard and would ignore
features that are required by the standard.  See Visual C++ for numerous
examples.

(I've talked with some Microsoft personnel about validation of their C/C++
and Fortran products.  They're interested in "what their customers want"
rather than conformance to standards.  I guess that's what you get when you
have a monopoly.)

Phil

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