Microsoft's Biggest Concern No Longer Is Open Source
Jul 14, 2010, 15:36 (2 Talkback[s])
[ Thanks to The
VAR Guy for this link. ]
"What keeps Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer up at night? A
few years ago, the answer likely involved Linux, Red Hat, MySQL and
other disruptive open source upstarts. Now fast forward to this
year's Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC10), and there's
nary a mention of open source here at the event. Why's that? Three
answers: Google, VMware and the cloud. Here's some perspective from
The VAR Guy.
"Earlier this evening, The VAR Guy attended a briefing about
Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) 14, a forthcoming
upgrade to Microsoft's unified communications platform. During a
panel discussion, six Microsoft partners essentially dismissed
competitive threats from Asterisk — the open source IP PBX.
The reason: The partners claim Microsoft's API (Application
Programming Interface) and software development tools for OCS 14
easily beat alternatives in the Asterisk market."