BBC and Windows 7

BBC and Windows 7

The OSC has started a complaint with the BBC’s Fair Trading Unit that the BBC are yet again giving the appearance of advertising a Microsoft product (that, in this case, does not even yet exist).

Extract from email

To: [BBC Fair Trading Unit]
Date: Wednesday 29 Oct 2008

…You may recall that Open Source Consortium expressed concern about BBC iPlayer and the Microsoft Windows operating system…

…moving forward, it feels like deja vu all over again.

On BBC News we see a two minute advertisement for Windows 7 – the replacement for Vista (link: BBC News item: A closer look at Windows 7). This product does not exist, even if it does come into existence, it will not exist for two years by Microsoft’s own projections.[…]

Gerry Gavigan
Open Source Consortium