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Open source foiled Microsoft antitrust case

May 11, 2011, 21:03 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Thibodeau)

"Google was incorporated in Sept. 1998, one month before the start of the Microsoft antitrust case.

"'Open source saved us,' said Simon Crosby, the CTO of Citrix, adding that innovation has happened in completely unpredictable ways over the last decade. For instance, 'Amazon web services would not exist if were not for the Xen hypervisor,' he said.

"But at the time of the antitrust case, the competitive threats from Google-like companies, cloud computing, and smartphones were only vaguely imagined.

"What loomed foremost in the courtroom was Microsoft's massive market share in desktop operating systems and productivity apps, as well as the dramatic decline of the Netscape Web browser with the arrival of Internet Explorer."

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