The old, old story repeats itself

RealNames comes up with nifty Internet keywords system. RealNames gets into bed with Microsoft. Microsoft copies idea, changing it slightly, calling it “Smart Tags”. Microsoft spits out worthless husk of company. RealNames RIP.

When will they ever learn?

Meanwhile, e-mail reveals that Microsoft execs ordered retaliation against any company that promoted Linux—“without being obvious about it”, as of course they knew what they were doing was illegal as per their earlier anti-trust consent agreement.