Speaking at a conference in New York on Wednesday, Microsoft's chief architect, Ray Ozzie, said open source is a bigger threat to the software juggernaut than Google is. He says open source developers are not restricted by the best interests of shareholders and potentially are, therefore, a stronger market force.
ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley points out:
Ozzie reiterated that it often takes a strong competitor to truly galvanize Microsoft. "Microsoft has built up a culture of crisis," [he] told conference attendees. [C]ompeting with open source "made Microsoft a much stronger company."
But not everyone is buying that open source isn't as big a threat as Google, or that open source is even a threat. InfoWorld blogger Savio Rodriques says open source can't be more worrisome to Ozzie than Google is.
By making the statement, however, Ozzie motivates those inside Redmond to increase their focus on open source. Doing so, he says, makes open source program manager Sam Ramji's job easier. And by his own admission, it will make Microsoft an even better company.