See the Linux.com article “Microsoft’s ‘Men in Black’ kill Florida open standards legislation.” Sounds like a well orchestrated and well financed program to fight against and open standards.
What do open standards do?
- Promote interoperability among products made by different vendors and software providers.
- Drive competition in the marketplace thereby increasing product innovation and quality while lowering prices.
- Provide customers with a greater choice of applications and providers.
- Level the playing field, giving no clear advantage to any player unless they happen to provide a superior product at a lower cost, regardless of their current marketshare.
Ah, I see the problem now. Clearly no one would possibly want any of these things.