Google’s Secret Weapon

“What is the greatest threat to Microsoft’s dominance: Google
Inc. or open source? The answer is both, especially when they’re
working together.

“‘Open source is a software capitalist’s supreme tool,’ says
Matt Asay, vice president of business development with Alfresco
Software Inc., an open source enterprise content management
company. ‘It enables vendors to align closely with their customers
and prospects while simultaneously undermining competitors’ efforts
to charge license fees for their own products. It’s one that Google
has been using to good effect in toppling 20th-century software