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Facing Free Software, Microsoft Looks to Yahoo

Feb 11, 2008, 16:00 (4 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to cosmo lee for this link. ]

"Nearly a quarter-century ago, the mantra 'information wants to be free' heralded an era in which news, entertainment and personal communications would flow at no charge over the Internet.

"Now comes a new rallying cry: software wants to be free. Or, as the tech insiders say, it wants to be 'zero dollar.'

"A growing number of consumers are paying just that--nothing. This is the Internet's latest phase: people using freely distributed applications, from e-mail and word processing programs to spreadsheets, games and financial management tools..."

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