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Microsoft Out of Reach of Sun/Google Salvo

05-Oct-05 01:33 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments


Microsoft Under Fire – Forbes.com

In one story after another, in blog after blog – all are atwitter about the recent move by Google and Sun to allgedly "strike" at Microsoft’s main desktop hegemony: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, etc.).  In fact, thre’s no real threat here of course.  And even Forbes magazine can’t keep its own pundits in agreement over what the meaning of the deal is.  Yet the answer is quite simple:

Microsoft’s ownership of the workplace desktop through MS Office is quite safe.

Why?  Well, for basically the same reasons as it has been able to stave off OS threats by Linux: licensing agreements with partners.  And the fact that, basically speaking, people who have Office are very happy with it.  It does just about anything and everything you’d want out of office productivity software and there’s no real good business case to move away from it to something whose legacy is shorter and where quality is similarly less-evolved (by many accounts).

Stockholders seem to have got this message as the Forbes story quoted at the head of this entry states.  So why this endeavour from Sun/Google?  For Google, it helps keeep MS off-balance while it engages the software giant on a number of other fronts.  As for Sun – it’s simply following (CEO) McNealy’s old pattern of engaging in partnerships with others to throw Microsoft off balace, but trying to show market unity for such a move in the process.  It’s never made much difference before and won’t now.


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