]. They could go big and acquire publicly held
for their security offerings. With the recent addition of ClamAV to
their portfolio maybe Microsoft could pre-install open source virus
software on Windows servers. I bet Symantec and McAfee would love that.
- They could stick it to Google on the search front and acquire Appscio
(formerly Avidence) for their video search technology unless they are
shedding their open source ambitions with their old name.
- Alfresco for document management makes sense, and it runs on Windows. I also doubt there is too much anti-windows sentiment in their user base.
- Maybe take CleverSafe’s p2p storage technology and incorporate their technology with Sharepoint somehow.
Maybe they should just create an open source incubator and start
funding open source start-ups centered around promising open source
projects. Maybe They could seed them in Microsoft’s Codeplex and bring them them up under the rainbow colored Microsoft Windows umbrella.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
For more Mark Hinkle, visit his EncoreOpus blog.