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PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's hard to predict the future because we humans prefer to think in terms of familiar paradigms. Even the most brilliant of our species are subject to this flaw. Now, Microsoft faces its turn. The owner of the operating system that likely runs your personal computer, the company that achieved monopoly with Windows and ducked the Department of Justice's scythe to keep it, faces a midlife crisis as the world goes gaga over portable consumer devices. This is the story of what's happening to Microsoft in the handheld operating system markets -- and how it parallels the earlier, similar journeys of IBM Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. Can Microsoft achieve dominance on mobile devices?
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RE[3]: Comment by Neolander
by lemur2 on Tue 14th Dec 2010 09:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Neolander"
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But I don't think that things like Office or Windows are threatened yet.


It will take some time before people generally come to realise that they don't need to run Office or Windows these days in order to be perfectly compatible with those who do.

At the moment, some government contracts are still being let which stipulate that Microsoft software must be offered as the solution. In most cases, this is actually against the governments own rules, and this practice is being challenged now. As soon as freedom software is allowed to compete for contracts on a level playing field, which is most likely to begin with government departments, it should start displacing Office and Windows in large deployments.

This is already policy in some countries.
http://www.opensource.org/node/551
http://www.opensource.org/node/528
http://www.computerworlduk.com/in-depth/open-source/1676/open-sourc...

OpenOffice installed base is currently between 10% and 20% depending on geographic location.

Edited 2010-12-14 09:29 UTC

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