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Open Source Patent Dispute May End Badly for Microsoft

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As much as the tech media is making a big deal about Microsoft's patent threats against Linux and open source, CIOs and IT managers are largely unaffected to this point, according to TechNewsWorld. Some are aggravated by the claims; some say Microsoft has every right to protect its intellectual property. None of those interviewed, however, will be changing his/her approach to open source.

 

So what, exactly, is Microsoft accomplishing? Probably not much, Joe Lindsay indicates in the TechNewsWorld piece. In fact, Microsoft is probably the biggest loser. Though the tactics might be scaring some customers away from open source for now, he says, that will only work for the short term:

It's like saying, "I have a big baseball bat, and I'm going to hit somebody." Everyone runs away.

However, the CIO of Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Secured Funding said Microsoft is wasting time trying to "extend its old way of doing business" with the threats. Instead, the company should be focused on developing new and innovative products.

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