Bill Gates may have unwittingly rankled a few ISVs this fall while showing off Outlook 2003 at the glitzy launch of Office System. Busy highlighting new features in Outlook, Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect briefly turned to the audience and offered this aside: "You know, a lot of people used to build third-party add-ons to do this [sorting] function. But we were able to integrate it right into the platform."

Well, bravo. "Integrated innovation" happens to be Microsoft's new catch phrase. But to many of the company's ISV partners, some of whom happen to develop and sell such add-ons, Gates' words feel more like the competitive dagger twisting a little deeper.

Link: ChannelWeb: Microsoft steps on ISVs' toes >

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