[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
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--- 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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