[kwlug-disc] Is MS humbling down?

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Thu Aug 13 16:22:05 EDT 2009

Companies do change, and "reform" themselves when the market forces can
no longer be fought.

Some may remember what monopoly IBM was in the 80s and early 90s,
and how arrogant, manipulative and monopolistic they were. The acronym
FUD was developed to describe their tactics. They had a choking monopoly
on mainframes. Even those who made compatible mainframe hardware had
to go back to IBM for the operating system and tools.

Then minicomputers happened, with UNIX, and "Open Systems".

IBM suffered a great deal, then recovered, then became more open
and friendly to Open Source after that.

After Microsoft realizes that their monopoly is over and they can no longer
choke the market and dictate what users can or cannot use.

They will follow IBM's path and become more open and friendly to openness.

One or two others may fill its boots and become the big bad monopoly. Will
it be Google? Or Apple?

I don't think that Microsoft is at this point yet though.  They still think
can dictate, and they don't have a real single unified desktop that is
their lunch (yet).

Khalid M. Baheyeldin
2bits.com, Inc.
Drupal optimization, development, customization and consulting.
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Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. --   Leonardo da Vinci
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