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ZDNet: Riding the Open Standards Wave to Lower Costs

Oct 16, 2003, 23:30 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Much of today's buzz concerning open standards centers around the differing strategies of two industry giants: Microsoft committed to its successful, proprietary Windows operating system, and IBM using its clout to back open standards. Both companies have the power to influence and at times, even dominate the industry, but neither can deter a major shift in the computing model once it takes on a life of its own, as the Internet did, and moves the entire industry in a whole new direction.

"The open standards movement represents the latest of these major shifts. Microsoft still dominates the market for server operating systems, but the latest report by the market research firm IDC shows Linux gaining more ground with 23 percent of the market share in 2002. Both operating systems will continue to increase their market share through 2007, IDC predicts..."

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