Beginning of the End for Microsoft?
Mar 09, 2009, 13:02 (10 Talkback[s])
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"The fact that Microsoft could judge major open source
projects to be equal or possibly superior to their own efforts more
than 10 years ago, and the fact that they recognized:
"The ability of the OSS process to collect and harness the
collective IQ of thousands of individuals across the Internet is
simply amazing. More importantly, OSS evangelization scales with
the size of the Internet much faster than our own evangelization
efforts appear to scale.
"...that open source was getting better faster than they could
ever hope to accomplish working by themselves. Yet instead of
adopting these superior methods for the benefit of their customers,
they formulated a strategy to lock-in customers, fence out
competition, and essentially use the patent system in the opposite
way it was intended, namely to frustrate progress in science and
the useful arts, rather than promote it. Brian Kahin writes an
article that tells us that Microsoft has signaled it has now
reached the beginning of the end. But for whom?"