UK open standards and the proprietary ecosystem - Public Sector IT: "But the three leading vendors of proprietary ecosystems - Apple, Microsoft and Oracle - opposed the policy. They protested. They wanted the right to make proprietary claims on open standards, by claiming royalty payments. The government had said the thing that distinguished an open standard was that it did not countenance proprietary claims. The matter will be settled when the government publishes the results of its consultation.
Microsoft has meanwhile defended its position by claiming its dominant ecosystem benefits the economy." 'via Blog this'