" In these recessionary times, holding the line on costs is
foremost in most executives' minds. Thankfully, in the technology
world--unlike, say, real estate--Moore's Law and its corollaries
keep innovation chugging along and prices continually on the
decline, thereby lowering costs for us consumers. Case in point:
You can buy a low-end computer today for $400, when five years ago
it would run you at least $2000...
"Microsoft doesn't appear too worried, telling News.com: "With
over 300 million users worldwide, Microsoft Office has become the
choice of individuals who need to be more productive and
organizations who need a reliable set of tools to run their
"Should the current economic climate extend even further than
many are predicting it will, other non-Microsoft markets could open
up, including Linux versions of desktop productivity software.
Companies such as Lindows, Mandrake, and CodeWeavers have
Microsoft-compatible software out now, but they're struggling to
find a market..."
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