Bare faced cheek

I guess a few people will mention this over the next few days but I can't let it pass without comment. Meta Group performed a TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) study comparing MS Exchange with Lotus Domino. The report which ended up as pro-Microsoft was riddled with fundamental flaws (which are documented here) and was removed from Microsoft's website pretty quickly after it was discovered by the Lotus community.

The thing which surprised me most was this statement:

"Other than the funding -- sponsoring this comparison -- Microsoft had nothing to do with the outcome of the survey, so we stand by the fact that this [research] is very independent,"

It just beggars belief that some can say this with a straight face. But you have to give the guy kudos for trying!