Microsoft Made Stronger with Open Source?

Lora Bentley

SeekingAlpha blogger Joe Panettiere put forth an interesting proposition yesterday. We thought you might want to check it out.


Many open source advocates believe that penetration of open source solutions and development methods in the mainstream enterprise market will eventually choke the life out of Microsoft and other proprietary software vendors. Panettiere, on the other hand, suggests that open source will make Microsoft a better, stronger company if those in Redmond play their cards right.


Yes, you read that correctly. Open source has such a presence in the enterprise now, he says, that Microsoft needs to buddy up to open source app developers if there's any hope of success for the yet-to-be-released Longhorn. Moreover, he indicates that Microsoft is attempting to do just that -- by seeking admission to the Open Solutions Alliance.


So far, the software giant's advances have been rebuffed. It seems current OSA members are wary of Redmond's motives. We can't say that's a surprise, but it will be interesting to watch this unfold.

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Apr 12, 2007 1:46 AM Jim Kern Jim Kern  says:
I believe there is some truth in the above. They need to evolve with the changing business climate. If they shun open source as they did the internet at one point, they will be playing catch up again for many years. Could be Standard Operating Procedure for them though. Reply
Apr 13, 2007 7:25 AM Roy Schestowitz Roy Schestowitz  says:
After they treated Linux as they did (just look at the leaked Documents), they can never be trusted. Unless all managers were exchanged overnight, there's not much change. Novell was the exception and it took a lot of money for them to 'sell out'. Reply

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