Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Sep 2007 19:56 UTC, submitted by jchildrose
IBM IBM plans to mount its most ambitious challenge in years to Microsoft's dominance of personal computer software, by offering free programs for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. Steven A. Mills, senior vice president of IBM's software group, said the programs promote an open-source document format. The company is announcing the desktop software, called IBM Lotus Symphony, at an event today in New York. The programs will be available as free downloads from the IBM Web site.
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Dumping
by Treza on Wed 19th Sep 2007 09:21 UTC
Treza
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2006-01-11

I'm wondering...

If OO becomes too powerful, threatening MS' Office dominance, won't they try to sue IBM and Sun against 'dumping' practices ?

It seems that OO is not a communitary development, but instead pushed by a very limited number of by big corps.

Can things become nasty ?

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumping_%28pricing_policy%29)

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RE: Dumping
by kaiwai on Wed 19th Sep 2007 12:00 in reply to "Dumping"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

If OO becomes too powerful, threatening MS' Office dominance, won't they try to sue IBM and Sun against 'dumping' practices ?


No, because Microsoft would have to have evidence to show that once market dominance gained, they jack up the price; given that OpenOffice.org will be for ever and ever free both free of charge and in source code, Microsoft could never make such an accusation.

In terms of international trade, the local sales have to be higher than the exported price; for example, it is a well known practice by Japenese companies to use their local market as 'guinea pigs' then price their products lower overseas hoping that volume and market share growth offset the reduction in profit margins.

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