[kwlug-disc] yeah, yeah, it's always *our* fault

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 4 23:15:24 EDT 2009

Here is my take on this: Nothing can be taken at face value.

I see several possibilities:

A) Taken at face value the filing was written by someone not very  marketing savvy who without considering the current economic environment accepted that Microsoft is really loosing market share --> Unlikely.

B) Microsoft wrote that to use it as precedent when accused to be a Monopoly. --> Plausible.

C) Microsoft thinks that the slump is only due to the economy and expects to rebound when the economy recovers. They will use this filing to "demonstrate" how Windows 7 saved the day and took market share back from Linux. --> Highly probable.

B) and C) together.

I don't really know if the slump was the economy or if Free software is really hurting them (it's a very short time span for long term assumptions). What I know is that when MS wants to fight back he'll try to do it in their own terms.

Raul Suarez

Technology consultant
Software, Hardware and Practices
An eclectic collection of random thoughts

--- On Tue, 8/4/09, Kyle Spaans <3lucid at gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Kyle Spaans <3lucid at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] yeah, yeah, it's always *our* fault
> To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Received: Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 9:01 PM
> I like this part:
> "Certain 'open source' software business models challenge
> our
> license-based software model. These firms do not bear the
> full costs
> of research and development for the software. Some of these
> firms may
> build upon Microsoft ideas that we provide to them free or
> at low
> royalties in connection with our interoperability
> initiatives."
> Hopefully the competition will stir them to make some good
> innovations.
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