View Full Version : A Mortal Microsoft; competitors, customers find cracks in software empire

Oct 14, 2002, 11:32 PM
For the first time in years, Microsoft seems vulnerable.

The technology recession, strategic miscalculations and general wariness following the Justice Department's four-year antitrust case have resulted in a psychological shift against Microsoft throughout the industry. Rivals and customers are sensing opportunities to challenge the software empire after decades of presumed invincibility.

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You should read the PDF, it's kinda interesting, but you'll have to register cuz it's too big to post here.:(

I think that people are starting to come out of their hole and actually take a stand against them.
Activation on XP was the beginning of consumer disgruntlement (aside from the many BSODs), regardless of how little if any personal info was transmitted.
Then came SP1 which was supposed to fix bugs and security leaks, but it has screwed up a number of computers and more leaks and bugs are showing up every week, 58 security leaks in this year alone.
But I think the thing to really jumpstart opposition to MS (in businesses at least)will be Licsence 6, which many businesses are not happy with cuz it locks you with MS products for about 3 years, regardless of any updates within that period.
A lot of corporations are seriously considering switching over to Linux because of it.
I think MS really shot themselves in the foot with that one.

click (http://news.com.com/2009-1001-961291.html?tag=fd_lede1_hed)

Oct 15, 2002, 12:30 AM
Microsoft is too big, owns too much, to be brought down by other companies. They could exist in any market for a considerable amount of time, taking loss on every sale and still, physically TAKE market share, and not even bat an eye. They did it with MSN and they'll continue to do it in other markets... the only company that will stop them is our Government, just like they did Bell Systems.. although I'm not sure the comparison is justified.

Oct 15, 2002, 01:30 AM
Our time has come. We have lain down and taken s*** from Microsoft for too many years. Even Apple has chosen to begin attacking Microsoft. Apple has opened the door for us and I say we follow through. The majority of the M$ user base is demoralized and prime for converting to the Mac and Linux.

Oct 15, 2002, 10:21 PM
Microsoft "may offer new security abilities on a paid basis," according to the company's chief technical officer Craig Mundie. The possibility is under consideration within Microsoft's security business unit, recently set up under its own vice president, Mike Nash. (http://www.zdnet.com/anchordesk/stories/story/0,10738,2894735,00.html)

The idea is still only hypothetical, but represents an acknowledgement that Microsoft sees security not just as a necessary condition to reassure existing and future customers, but also as a potential source of revenue. (http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1104-961173.html)

Great, maybe they're going to be charging you for security in the future, thank the gods that this is only hypothetical.:rolleyes:

They already charge you $199 for the full version of XP Home which is nowhere near as stable and bugless (somewhat) than $299 XP Pro, now they're talking about charging you more for security feartues that should already be ******** there?

MS should be scared when you can buy a whole computer for the price of a half-assed OS (although it may be less secure if the don't fix that root problem soon)

They may be huge and may have loads of ca$h, but the consumer has the power here, if they don't buy MS products then their huge hordes of ca$h will begin to thin out until they don't have much left and have nothing else to do except admit defeat.
I think it's about time that the consumer stepped up to the plate and took a stand.
They can only put up with ********* for so long before they finally break.
This means war.:mad:

Oct 15, 2002, 11:53 PM
(As I write this in Word for the spelling feature) Microsoft is not too big to go down in a pile of ash.
Everyday I hear of people considering a switch or just have switched and are finding it to be a breath of fresh air. Die-hard Linux Peeps are finding OSX a viable optionÖ Itís all starting to come together. But let us not be foolish in wishing for something to come true and find we got it.
I love Apples like Eve but I am afraid that Apple will become the behemoth (Mickey mouSe) that most despise, itís like when your favorite band gets too popular and you cant listen to them anymore. Apple needs to strike a balance and when I visit their site (as I did today (Jimmy)) I find that they can strike that balance.
All Iím trying to say is that (raises hand and takes drag) We love Apple to the core because they are the preverbal David in the valley of giants. Letís hope Apple doesnít become a giant and forget the little people.

Peep the game

Oct 16, 2002, 04:06 AM
Originally posted by electric

All Iím trying to say is that (raises hand and takes drag) We love Apple to the core because they are the preverbal David in the valley of giants. Letís hope Apple doesnít become a giant and forget the little people.

Peep the game

Apple has been the little man for way, way too long to ever forget it. IF they do get so gigantic, they'll know what got them there: Good products, good marketing (well, okay marketing), and IBM. :-)

As for peeping my game, I donno what that is, haha.