Its not that Bill Gates the philanthropist & Bill Gates the Microsoft Chairman, are two different people. Nor is that he does philanthropy only through Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. I’ve got a strong reason to believe that he does philanthropy through Microsoft too. If anyone follows news closely or have been doing so even for past one year, (s)he can see what I’m pointing at. 😉
Whoever said that Microsoft hasn’t done anything significant in the past year, needs to brush up on the news headlines & get an eye checkup. Ofcourse Microsoft has done pretty significant things in the past year. They are the settlements for law suits filed against Microsoft. Seems like Microsoft has found out a new way to contribute for development in the IT industry. They pay for settlements of law suits which are filed against them by rival companies. In the past year, Microsoft has paid billions of $$$ to settle the courtroom duels with Sun Microsystems, InterTrust, Time Warner’s Netscape division, etc.
James Gosling, the father of Java, mentioned Microsoft’s pay-off to Sun in his Blog & hinted that a good part of the settlement would be invested in Java development.
The latest to benefit from Microsoft’s Settlements Galore mission is Opera Software of Norway, the makers of the popular browser Opera & the donation amount, err.., the settlement amount I mean, is $12.75 million. 😀
In a news story at CNet’s News.com, it is explained that though its not confirmed by the people at Opera Software, its being guessed that the payment came from Microsoft.
All this fuss, but why? You may ask & by reading the news story at CNet’s News.com, I gather that its because Opera Software filed a law suit against Microsoft after the big M did something funny with its MSN portal, so that it locked out users accessing the website through Opera web-browser, getting the message that “server is too busy”. 😉 Now all I have to say is that Microsoft has a sense of humour but it would’ve been better had they shown something more funny to the Opera users. 😀
Microsoft is obviously too shy to comment on their supposed pay-off to Opera Software & the receiving guys are just gratefully showing their gratitude by not giving the name of the paying party or any other details but were generous enough to tell the amount of payment. 😀
I think that the payment should’ve been made to those Opera users who suffered the joke. They are the ones who suffered by being locked out of MSN. Opera just hit the paydirt for nothing. They can’t say that their business or sales were affected by it. Its too absurd & ridiculous to be true. Opera users don’t buy it just to surf MSN. They can get free & better browsers like Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6, Netscape 7.1, FireFox 0.8, etc. anytime. 🙄