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[News] Microsoft's Allergy to Freedom is Killing It

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Microsoft's licensing cripples its relevance to the Amazon cloud

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| Perhaps Microsoft doesn't care. Perhaps its cloud offerings will be of 
| Microsoft, for Microsoft. But this isn't how Microsoft became the dominant 
| desktop vendor that it is today. Microsoft dominates because it opened its 
| technology enough to become the center of a vibrant ecosystem.   
| By cutting itself off from others' cloud-based offerings, Microsoft has 
| chosen to go it alone. This could be a winning strategy, but my money is on 
| the companies that can drive widely dispersed value from the cloud. With its 
| proprietary licensing, Microsoft will not be among this group.   


Windows: The pit stop on the road to open source

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| It's not surprising that the survey of an open-source company should reveal 
| indifference to Microsoft technology, but that's not what the survey 
| suggests, in my opinion. Rather, I think it demonstrates that Microsoft 
| technology has become mere furniture. It's not the center of attention 
| anymore.    



Sun exec accuses Microsoft of 'patent terrorism'

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| The efforts of Microsoft to pressure the Linux community over alleged and
| unspecified patents is akin to "patent terrorism", according to a local
| executive for Sun Microsystems.


Microsoft, the art of Corporate Terrorism.

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| Microsoft, no longer the technological leader in the Computer Desktop
| market, is taking on a terrorist role in its attempt remain in power
| at all costs. (see the link to the CNN story below)
| The tactic is intended to frighten current, and would be, free
| software users away from products that Microsoft just can't compete
| with. It's not a new tactic, but for the first time desperation is
| beginning to show.


Convicted Monopolist Terrorizes Software Industry

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| That headline is designed to grab your attention. Sensationalistic as
| it may be, it also happens to be true, if what you mean by 'terrorize'
| is to provoke fear.
| If you've been following the presidential race in the United States,
| you know the present crop of candidates have been exploiting the fear
| of the American people as they never have before in the history of
| the country.

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