Saturday, May 31, 2008

Microsoft Afraid

Although Google was one of a competitive threats for Microsoft, but the bigger fear was in open source.

At least that was said by Microsoft Chief Software Architect, Ray Ozzie, in the Sanford C. Bernstein Strategic Decisions conference in New York.

According to Ozzie, although Google was a very strong competitor, but open source was regarded as more annoying threat for the Microsoft business. Open source programmer considered to have greater strength in the software market.

So, why open source was regarded as the greater threat for Microsoft? There were two reasons that were raised by Ozzie.

Firstly, open source had a strong foundation in facing Microsoft. Google, Yahoo, and Facebook was open source 'children', and they also were the biggest Microsoft competitor.

Secondly, the open source presence change consumer way of look about a software value, to US$ 0 or free. Nevertheless, Ozzie said that open source presence made Microsoft become a stronger company. So Microsoft have to make few changes in the business model one of them made software that was compatible with the open source product.

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