Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 13th Dec 2010 23:11 UTC
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[5]: The issue is Foothold.
by moondevil on Tue 14th Dec 2010 11:47 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: The issue is Foothold."
moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

In Portugal is quite common that many small business run entirely with Microsoft software.

Actually for many development shops the annual licenses for MSDN are not that much expensive and you get full access to the complete Microsoft software, hence many small shops go 100% Microsoft.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I thought the MSDN bundled licenses where intended for lab or otherwise 10 or less installs. I'm not sure that I'd want an auditor knocking on my door before verifying if my use of MSDN for production systems was within the license.

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kaffeenhed Member since:
2010-04-29

I thought the MSDN bundled licenses where intended for lab or otherwise 10 or less installs. I'm not sure that I'd want an auditor knocking on my door before verifying if my use of MSDN for production systems was within the license.


That's MSDN. If you're a Microsoft Registered Partner, you can purchase the Microsoft Action Pack and get internal use licenses for a lot of their software (including 10 or so Windows 7 licenses, SBS, Office, and other stuff you might typically need to run a small business). They've actually now broken the product into two different MAPS packages: one for IT shops, and one for developers (that pack includes licenses for some of their development tools). It's a decent deal for a small IT services company to set up and run on.

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RE[6]: The issue is Foothold.
by _txf_ on Tue 14th Dec 2010 15:10 in reply to "RE[5]: The issue is Foothold."
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

Yea,

I have been able to convince people at my company to supplement windows workstations with linux, but for infrastructure things (not just linux any OSS software) I cannot get anyone to budge (even if I did all the work and the total cost would be reduced). They would rather spend money than spend time even factoring the monetary worth of that time.

Edited 2010-12-14 15:13 UTC

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RE[6]: The issue is Foothold.
by SteveB on Tue 14th Dec 2010 15:13 in reply to "RE[5]: The issue is Foothold."
SteveB Member since:
2005-07-10

In Portugal is quite common that many small business run entirely with Microsoft software.
This is not happening only in Portugal. Other countries have the same "effect".

Actually for many development shops the annual licenses for MSDN are not that much expensive and you get full access to the complete Microsoft software, hence many small shops go 100% Microsoft.
This is not true. You don't get access to the COMPLETE Microsoft software (do you get games with the MSDN?).

Might I ask you what you mean with "...hence many small shops go 100% Microsoft"? Are you writing about development shops (companies producing software that is targeting Microsoft OS)? Or are you writing about SME?

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RE[7]: The issue is Foothold.
by moondevil on Tue 14th Dec 2010 18:34 in reply to "RE[6]: The issue is Foothold."
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Software development shops.

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