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[News] [Rival] Salesforce.com CEO Sees Microsoft Going Away

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Salesforce.com CEO Sees Microsoft Going Away
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 07:42:26 +0100
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The end of Microsoft. A door opens to a new cloud.

,----[ Quote ]
| I have been waiting for something 
| spectacular to happen any day. And itâs not 
| the explosion of another volcano in 
| Iceland, but it will be a global event with 
| far reaching ramifications that will be as 
| well known. Appleâs market capitalization 
| is about to be worth more than Microsoft's. 
| That is quite a change from a decade ago.


Microsoft--down but by no means out

,----[ Quote ]
| After all, this is the company that went 
| from calling open-source software "un-
| American" to embracing it on a large scale. 
| It's also the company that killed Blackbird 
| when it proved to be a dead-end and 
| recently RIP'd its Courier tablet.
| Microsoft is also the company that has 
| dumped several iterations of its mobile 
| Windows to experiment with two iterations 
| of a new mobile strategy: Kin and Windows 
| Phone 7. The two will likely converge over 
| time, but Microsoft is placing multiple 
| bets.


I Sense a Weakness in the Force

,----[ Quote ]
| All the OEMs have a toe in the water of 
| GNU/Linux. That is why M$ cannot raise its 
| prices even though they have spent hundreds 
| of millions promoting up-selling and 
| killing the netbook. The netbook is poised 
| to re-emerge with ARM and unencumbered by 
| that other OS. Another reason why M$ cannot 
| raise prices is because hundreds of 
| millions of XP machines are still in use. 
| Owners will undergo hundreds of dollars 
| each to replace these machines. $150 or so 
| for that other OS would be conspicuous 
| compared to other options.
| The monopoly is a house of cards about to 
| crash down. It is crumbling slowly at the 
| moment but any shift in its foundations 
| will cause an avalanche. This is over and 
| above the cloud-immobility issue. There is 
| no monopoly in the cloud. People know what 
| happened with M$ having a desktop monopoly. 
| They will not be fooled again.


The Next Battle Against Microsoft

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| Recently I was with Craig Mundie, an 
| executive at Microsoft, and I said: "Craig, 
| how many servers and data centers do you 
| think that our customers would need to set 
| up if we didn't exist as a company?" I was 
| talking about doing just basic customer 
| information or building complex apps. He 
| said: "More than 100,000."



Benioff on Microsoft Mobile: 'They're Nowhere'

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| Seattle Times Biz-Tech reporter Sharon Chan
| recently caught Salesforce.com CEO Marc
| Benioffâs session and found him ârolling with
| a Microsoft (News - Alert) rant.â
| As usual, Benioff had opinions and wasnât shy
| about expressing them. âIn the world of
| mobile, which is only behind socialâ in
| importance, Benioff said, Microsoft âare
| nowhere.â


Marc Benioff's mantra: Anything but Microsoft

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| I think Microsoft is still a dinosaur. More than ever, it tries to hold onto
| its monopolistic position around technology that they hold, whether it's SQL
| Server, whether it's NT, whether it's Windows, whether it's Office--these are
| their cash cows they don't want slaughtered.


Marc Benioff taunts the awakened dinosaurs

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| Following is part of the exchange, where I asked Benioff for his thoughts on
| Microsoft. He has called Microsoft a dinosaur, incapable of innovation, and a
| monopolist.

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