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[News] MSP Strategy of Turning Free Software to Subscription

  • Subject: [News] MSP Strategy of Turning Free Software to Subscription
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009 13:52:55 +0100
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Free: The New MSP Strategy?

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| But at some point, you need to convert many of 
| those free folks into paying clientele. Some 
| businesses have done a remarkable job 
| converting free audiences into paying customers 
| â the prime examples including Google (free 
| search to paid search) and Red Hat (free Linux 
| to subscription Linux). 



Microsoft's Last Big Beat: Internet Domination or Death

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| What can $44.6B USD mean? Well, for Microsoft (MSFT) it may mean the cost of 
| survival. 


Microsoft says to borrow money for Yahoo deal

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| Microsoft Corp said on Monday it may borrow money for the first time in its 
| history to fund a portion of its $44.6 billion unsolicited offer for Yahoo 
| Inc.  


Will Microsoft Survive the Next 10 Years?

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| I am not really an expert in this but when I read all the negative
| headlines and articles I ask myself if Microsoft really will survive
| the next 10 years.
| [...]
| I am pretty sure that the Open Source Community, the new Ubuntu,
| Google and of course Apple are those companies that are ready for
| our century and they will get more and more people that know what
| they really want.


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.


Microsoft Shares the Love

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| News Brief. I'm a huge fan of guerrilla marketing. Two excellent examples: 
| Silverlight valentines and the Martin Luther King Jr. virtual tour. 
| The first is a collaborative effort by Microsoft's Windows Live and 
| Silverlight teams: Valentine's Day e-cards, created using Silverlight. PC 
| users can send their love using photos from Flickr or Windows Live Spaces.  


Microsoft Shares the Love, but Not with Linux 

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| Microsoft has put up an invitation to share the love, but not with Linux 
| (just bear with me, it will make sense in the end). With Valentine's Day just 
| a few weeks away, the teams over at Windows Live and Microsoft Silverlight 
| have joined their forces to enable users to spread and share their love.    


Is Seven Renegade, Guerrilla Marketer or Fake?

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| Some advice for Microsoft: If this site is unsanctioned but real, don't shut 
| it down. The most recent post is reason enough. The anonymous blogger gives a 
| short history of Windows architectural changes, and he or she provides the 
| most information about Vista. Microsoft, you need some good Windows 
| evangelism right now, and an anonymous and seemingly insider blogger is a 
| great way to generate buzz. If Seven provides some juicy details, people will 
| subscribe to his or her feed, and enthusiast sites will report or blog every 
| little feature.       
| Some kudos for Microsoft: If Seven is a sanctioned guerrilla marketer, he or 
| she has been too long waiting to blog. Microsoft, you need to get some good 
| leaks out there to generate buzz. Please, let's see more of this. Be 
| aggressive, take marketing risks. A blog such as this is worth millions of 
| dollars in advertising, if it delivers the goods (meaning details) and 
| generates buzz.      


Microsoft's Silverlight Promises to Disrupt Linux Web Users

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| Just as it seemed that Linux users (especially 64-bit users) would
| finally be able to enjoy streaming content with a minimum of
| hassle, Microsoft's new Silverlight software promises to throw a
| wrench in the works. Because of sites like Google Video and
| Youtube, Flash video has become a common means of streaming
| multimedia over the Internet.


Microsoft's 'Everywhere' excludes Linux

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| This browser add-on enables rendering of WPF content, but
| "Everywhere" doesn't include Linux.


ECIS Accuses Microsoft of Plotting HTML Hijack

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| An industry coalition that has represented competitors of Microsoft
| in European markets before the European Commission stepped up its
| public relations offensive this morning, this time accusing
| Microsoft of scheming to upset HTML's place in the fabric of
| the Internet with XAML, an XML-based layout lexicon for
| network applications.

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