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Opinion: open source value transcends tough times

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| Furthermore, touting open source software as merely a lower-cost option 
| positions it as an also-ran, something to use when you can't afford better. 
| I'd rather see open source software compete on the basis of real technical 
| merit. I think much of it can, nowadays.   
| Or, if a company really wants to tout their offering as a cost-saver, let 
| them provide a real cost-benefits analysis, not simply invoke the specter of 
| budget cuts. Upfront licensing costs are often the least of it, where 
| software deployment costs are concerned.   
| There's little doubt that open source software is a great boon to 
| industrialized economies around the world. Saving companies from paying 
| licensing fees for commercialized software is hardly foremost, however. The 
| real value is in distributing development costs across entire industries, so 
| that innovation happens at an ever-higher level. Ultimately, it's innovation 
| that drives value in software, not simply how much the bits cost.      


Pro-Microsoft site

Microsoft Q1 2009 by the Numbers

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| Microsoft started off fiscal 2009 with solid quarterly earnings. But the 
| future doesn't look as bright.  


"There is such an overvaluation of technology stocks that it is absurd. I would
include our stock in that category. It is bad for the long-term worth of the
                                --Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO


Open source looks to catch the falling knife

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| Over in Europe, the Italian Linux Association  and local Open Office group
| are taking a more humorous approach, searching to “Microsoft Office
| dinosaurs.”
| Roberto Galoppini focused on this program in his latest blog post, then
| called in to say that, no matter what, the knife is going to fall.


Some open source FUD is too lame to deserve a response

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| It's unclear when Facebook and Twitter came to be even remotely connected
| with open source, but here's a clue, Keen: open source doesn't depend on
| peace-loving hippie radicals with either free time or free cash to burn. Open
| source is a free market, capitalist phenomenon that depends upon M-O-N-E-Y.
| It has been for at least a decade, and the economic downturn only sharpens
| its value to money-grubbing capitalists.
| Will an economic downturn slow open-source development? No, because open
| source is an effective way to undermine competitors (give away what your
| competitor values, and charge for your own differentiation), serve customers
| (lower prices, better software), and get software into prospective customers'
| hands cheaply and widely.


Microsoft, Cisco to lose $4.3 Billion as investment banks cut cost

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| The cut in the IT budgets of the revered investment banks like Lehman
| Brothers and Merrill Lynch due to their failure may lead industry giants like
| U.S. based Microsoft and California based Cisco to lose $4.3 billion in
| orders next year. While Cisco earns about three percent to four percent of
| annual revenue from the U.S. financial industry, Microsoft accounted for 22
| percent last year.


Microsoft will be hurt by financial crisis, RBC analyst says

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| The devastating U.S. financial crisis will hurt software giant Microsoft
| Corp.'s bottom line this holiday season as shoppers tighten their purse
| strings, RBC Capital Markets says.


Ballmer says Microsoft not immune from global crisis


Microsoft loses 90 Billion Dollars


Microsoft's Market Cap Falls $24B in 17 Days

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| Microsoft is on the list. Today, the stock closed at $25.01 a share, down
| $2.39, or 8.72 percent.


Ex-Microsoft boss sentenced


Former Microsoft Manager Gets 2 Years In Jail

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