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Microsoft Five Years Down the Road

The desktop market is shrinking and they have no market share to speak of in mobile. Windows 8 hasn’t yet worked out well for them. So far, their biggest growth in smartphones and tablets seems to be in selling patent protection for Android devices from the likes of Samsung and HTC. This comes as they’re attempting to create the perception that their attitude toward open source has changed. The Microsoft FUD machine has been relatively quiet for some time and it’s been years since Mr. Ballmer publicly referred to open source as “communist” or claimed Linux to be “a cancer.”