It seems that everything MS makes these days is first and foremost about lock-in. It makes me sick that IT departments lack the ability to see the problem with vendor lock-in. Although it would be glorious for customers to dump MS and choose OS solutions exclusively, perhaps the only way for us to get rid of MS is for MS to selfdestruct. There are signs of MS failing, like the bungled Vista release, but I think it's much worse for MS that they are seen as a dangerous competitor by some their own customers, ie. everybody who develops software. If MS keeps competing with everybody who bases their software on Windows then the smarter developers will try to avoid being 100% tied to Windows, some would say this has already happened. The same thing happened a while back ('92) when Pepsi bought Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut, that meant that many restaurants started to see buying Pepsi as a way to support their own competition: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE2D816... Another example of this mechanism happened in software where SAP brought out SAP DB to avoid being dependent on databases from Oracle, IBM and MS who all compete directly against SAP, whether that one worked or not is debatable. This turned out to be quite rambly, sorry, perhaps I should write a blog in stead.
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