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osOpinion: Why Microsoft fears Open Source

Jul 01, 2001, 10:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Nadeau)

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[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ] Tom Nadeau points out the obvious: Microsoft officials are fearful that they will lose revenues to open-source vendors. Geez, there's a shocker.

"Numerous reasons have been offered as to why Microsoft has become fearful of open-source software (OSS). Some claim it has to do with philosophical arguments in favor of a single standard-bearer. That's laughable, of course, because the users who have fought with MS Office file versions know that Microsoft does not have a 'single' standard to bear. Others claim it is simply a case of Microsoft fearing that it will lose control of software developers. The real reason is more basic. It's simple economics."

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