Kodak gets stabbed in the back by Microsoft

I wish I could pretend I was surprised

It seems Kodak is the latest company to find out what happens when you get into bed with Microsoft. They worked with Redmond to improve Windows support for digital cameras—but they discovered that when you plugged a Kodak digital camera into Windows XP, it ignored the Kodak software and launched Microsoft’s software instead. Getting it to launch the Kodak software for your Kodak camera required a complicated nine-click crawl through system dialog boxes. That’s even if you’d explicitly installed the Kodak software.

Windows XP also tries to push users into using digital printing services which have signed licensing deals with Microsoft, by making sure Windows XP only offers those companies in the appropriate selection box. In other words, Microsoft wants to get a cut of whatever you pay for your photographic prints. If the processing company won’t pay a per-print fee to Redmond, the Windows digital photo software won’t upload your files there.