This is unbelievable. But believe it. You’d think in this time of fears for national security, a company wouldn’t be this stupid. But here it is in ZDNews:
“Microsoft on Friday signed a pact with the Chinese government to reveal the Windows source code, making China among the first to benefit from its program to allay the security fears of governments.
In addition, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates hinted that China will be privy to all, not just part, of the source code the government wishes to inspect.
The Chinese government and military have previously stated their preference for the rival Linux operating system because its source code is publicly available.”
But wait, there’s more. So they’re giving away the source code, Dave, isn’t that what you want. No, because according to Microsoft itself, doing so would harm national security. Read on.
In it’s anti-trust case, Microsoft’s group vice president for platforms at Microsoft, Jim Allchin, under oath, “told a federal court last week that sharing information with competitors could damage national security and even threaten the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan. He later acknowledged that some Microsoft code was so flawed it could not be safely disclosed.”
So Microsoft says it would harm national security to give out the source code so they’re giving it to China. Hmm. That would seem to consitute a betrayal of our country. Why? So Microsoft can try to halt China not using their product. It’s so important to Microsoft to make a buck that they plan to “harm national security” if that’s what it takes.