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In the IT world, the Halloween documents are a set of Microsoft confidential internal releases intercepted by outsiders and published in late October of various years. The documents talk about the threat of open-source platforms like Linux, and how Microsoft could maintain its digital hegemony.
The first Halloween document was leaked by Eric Raymond in 1998. Additional Halloween documents were published in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2004. The documents include internal Microsoft strategies, statements from press and public relations people, survey results and memos from top managers at Microsoft. The documents outline various types of Microsoft market responses – for instance, the use of “FUD” or “fear, uncertainty and doubt” which Microsoft critics argue was used to obscure the contrast between Microsoft-licensed operating systems and Linux open-source operating systems.