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Microsoft's Real Open-Source Nightmare

Mar 25, 2008, 19:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Cooper)

"On the eve of this country's presidential election, here's a question I'd like to pose to the remaining three candidates: what would you do if other governments begin snubbing U.S. companies because of nationalistic reasons? In particular, one big software vendor comes to mind.

"If Microsoft has the equivalent of a foreign policy czar, I'll be shocked if that question isn't front and center. Perhaps more closely associated with U.S. technological prowess than any company in techdom, Microsoft is vulnerable to being viewed as a surrogate for American hegemony abroad. So far, the worst case scenario hasn't materialized, even in the aftermath of the Iraq war. But that's not to say Microsoft inspires warm and fuzzy feelings overseas..."

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