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[FYI] Microsoft nein danke: snoop scares dog US IT in Europe



http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/17710.html

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Microsoft nein danke: snoop scares dog US IT in Europe  

By: John Lettice  

Posted: 19/03/2001 at 19:38 GMT  

IDG's Berlin bureau today secured a denial of Der Spiegel's 
'Bundeswehr to ban Microsoft software' story. But actually, it looks 
to us like one of those denials - the ones that deny something 
slightly but materially different, while tacitly confirming the 
original story. And a closer examination of the role of Buckley, 
Colorado, does kind of suggest the Germans have a point.  

[...]  

Forget the rights and wrongs, life's too short. The bottom line is 
that there exists a climate of suspicion, and that as all of the data 
goes onto the wires or into the air, there is as inevitability to the 
move away from US suppliers for government and security purposes. 
There's a commercial reason for the non-US suppliers to bash the tub 
like crazy, too, we don't deny that...   

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