An error occurred while saving the commentGeorge Moore commented
Perhaps we're being too literal here (occupational hazard?). I don't think anyone is reallly pimping any products, but perhaps illustrating their suggestions with "like the program that so-and-so has already made".
The theme here is offering suggestions for improvement, not evaluating someone else's suggestion on behalf of Microsoft or questioning motives.
Moreover, if I were one of the very smart people who came up with a desirable add-in program - and knowing MS's propensity for buying other companies and incorporating their technologies and methods - I'd be flattered to have MS make an offer I couldn't refuse. Why sell/support a $29 piece of software for the rest of my life when MS is standing at my door with a large check today?
I, for one, am always happy to see references to other utility applications/sources and have purchased a number of Access add-in programs I may not have otherwise found. It's an interesting world, and there are plenty of smart people I can learn from.