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Will Software Businesses Really Move Toward the Middle in '08?

Jan 11, 2008, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by D.C. Parris)

[ Thanks to D.C. Parris for this link. ]

"Anne Zelenka recently predicted that software businesses will move from the extreme 'closed' and 'open' licensing models toward the center, what she refers to as 'clopen', or hybrid closed and open licensing models. I think she's missing something.

"I don't know Anne, so I don't know her background. However, I do know she seems to be working from a flawed premise. She cites Google's licensing mixture, along with the need for companies like Microsoft to move toward more openness. The problem is, this is the way Google has always done business. They are not moving from 'extremely open' toward the center--they are already at the center. It's true they have been very successful in their adventures in Hybrid-License Land..."

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