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[News] [Rival] Microsoft's Growing Irrelevance Discussed in Session

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Ruminations on Microsoft's Future

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| Dana Gardner hosts a BriefingsDirect roundtable discussion with experts in 
| IT. The topic is Microsoft's future. Gardner's groups of experts is split 
| over whether Microsoft is growing increasingly irrelevant or poised to ride 
| new trends to further dominance.   



Is Microsoft Irrelevant?

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| At OSCON, a top software architect questions Microsoft’s relevance as Linux
| and open source march on into the enterprise and the overall computing
| landscape.
| Is Microsoft irrelevant?
| That's what Brian Aker, director of architecture at Sun Microsystems' MySQL,
| called the software giant in an onstage Q&A during the opening day of
| keynotes and sessions at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention here July 23.
| [...]
| O'Reilly chuckled at the response and offered a bit of an apology to any in
| the audience from Microsoft. After all, Microsoft is a top-level Diamond
| Sponsor of OSCON this year.



P. Graham: Microsoft is Dead

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| A few days ago I suddenly realized Microsoft was dead. I was talking
| to a young startup founder about how Google was different from Yahoo.
| I said that Yahoo had been warped from the start by their fear of
| Microsoft. That was why they'd positioned themselves as a "media
| company" instead of a technology company. Then I looked at his face
| and realized he didn't understand. It was as if I'd told him how much
| girls liked Barry Manilow in the mid 80s. Barry who?
| Microsoft? He didn't say anything, but I could tell he didn't quite
| believe anyone would be frightened of them.

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