... according to Microsoft's Jim Allchin, one of those
"suits" that Microsoft employs to convince people that
overpaying for software is now the "American Way".
First Microsoft claimed that Open Source was just a fad. Then Microsoft
claimed that Open Source could never provide "quality" software. Then they
attacked the support structure of Open Source, saying users would never be able
to get answers to their questions or have their problems fixed. This time,
however, unlike previous battles, Microsoft's FUD has been unable to convert
the masses that mattered to their point of view. So now it appears that
Microsoft has a new plan for attack... claiming that Open Source is
So as far as I'm concerned, if Microsoft can claim Open Source Software is
un-American, then I can claim that Microsoft is desperate. That is only
conclusion that I can come to after reading Jim Allchin comments. Seriously, I
don't understand their strategy. As I see it there are three groups of people
that are listening to this rant that Microsoft is trying to influence.
The first two are those that buy Microsoft products... the geeks and the suits.
If you have ever been involved in a budgeting cycle in a large company, when
it comes to buying software, you know that sometimes the geeks make the
decisions, and sometimes the suits do.
First are the geeks. The geeks have been in the software trenches and know
just what kind of crap Microsoft is pushing all these years and that Open
Source moves the power from the vendor to the client. Geeks like that. Geeks
hate Microsoft... just as Microsoft has always hated geeks.
Next are the suits. The suits are only interested in money. They could give a
shit about the American way. I mean look at two All-American companies... GE
and Nike. Both have moved most, if not all, of their operations to low cost
overseas countries. If Philip Knight and Jack Welsh are willing to take heat
for transferring thousands of high paying American jobs to Indonesian serfs
making 30 cents an hour, I think it is safe to assume that they give a crap
about the U.S. and the American Way of life. Nor do they have any loyalty to
Microsoft. They only have loyalty to money.
The third group that might listen to Microsoft message is the politicians. They
at least pay lip service to the concept of the "American Way". But if you've
been following the news for the past... oh say... five years, you know that
Microsoft has been dragged to court numerous times for using less then
All-American business practices. In fact, they are have been declared a
monopoly and are currently under a court order to break up. They appealed,
naturally, claiming that they need the "Freedom the Innovate". So, Microsoft
wants the freedom the innovate.... err... without any Open Source competition.
Yeah... I'd like that kind of freedom... I get to do anything I want and
everyone else... well, they can't.
I think we can draw two conclusions from this little rant. First, Microsoft,
the proprietary software dinosaur, is beginning to feel the jaws of
economic evolution dig
into its neck and is starting to panic. Second, unlike old economy companies
facing their demise, (see Montgomery Wards), Microsoft won't be sliding into
insignificance either quietly or with any dignity.