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Microsoft resumes bashing open source

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Them's fightin' words!

That was my reaction when later last night I got the official Microsoft comment on my story about the Mozilla Foundation pumping new energy and funding into development of the Thunderbird e-mail software.

I'd asked about whether Microsoft was worried about competition from the project, given that Firefox has fared relatively well against Internet Explorer, and whether Microsoft would help Thunderbird programmers get their software working with Microsoft's Exchange e-mail server software.

What I got from Clint Patterson, public relations director for Microsoft's Unified Communications Group, went a couple notches beyond the "competition is healthy" category of platitudes I'd expected. Instead Patterson offered a broad criticism of open-source businesses that hark back to days of yore when top executives called the collaborative programming philosophy "un-American" and a "cancer."

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