You need to read Groklaw's report of Microsoft's Iowa case. As so many have suspected, nothing ever changed at Microsoft; they still act as they always have. Perhaps the only difference is that they have learned the value of destroying evidence:
Valentine's order requires employees to get rid of all E-mail after 30 days no matter where it is. And it is unequivocal. Mr. Allchin, who is group Vice President, Platforms Product Group, approves of Mr. Valentine's order and sends another follow-up E-mail on January 23, 2000. This is Plaintiffs' Exhibit also 6704. He says, "being even more hard core, this is not something you get to decide. This is company policy. Do not think this is something that only applies to a few people. Do not think it will be okay if I do this, it hasn't caused any problems so far. Do not archive your mail. Do not be foolish. 30 days."
Arrgh.. Haven't we had enough? If there were any real justice in this world, Microsoft would have been torn apart years ago and their executives would have been fined or even jailed. Extreme? No, not really: their predatory business practices have stolen billions from consumers - why is that any different than what Enron did? Sure, the methods were different, but the results are the same.
This case also promises more details of how Microsoft uses low or give-away pricing when threatened by Linux. No big surprise there: is there really anyone so stupid as to not see this? Well, apparently so..
By the way: limiting email storage for employees isn't unusual. Companies enforce such restrictions because they simply lack storage space to keep all of it. Of course, Microsoft shouldn't be lacking either storage or money to buy more, should they?
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