MS Not Budging Over “Limitations”

But Seattle Times Columnist Paul Andrews has asked whether that’s really important…

“In follow-up queries from me, [Microsoft Windows Media GM, David] Fester refused to budge. “Apple has done a fine job building a solution, but it is a closed solution—their service, their device, their player and no one else can play in that island.”

What interests me about this case is not who’s right—both sides make legitimate points—but whether openness really matters.

Where does that leave Apple? I frankly don’t think it matters to 99 percent of consumers whether a player or service or format is open or closed. What matters is whether it works.”

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