Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Jan 2006 19:15 UTC
Microsoft Media coverage focuses on Microsoft's competition with Google, but Chairman Bill Gates sees IBM - not the Web search leader - as its biggest challenger. "People tend to get over-focused on one of our competitors. We've always seen that," Gates said, comparing the potential threat of Google's search capabilities to past competitors such as Internet browser Netscape and Sun Microsystems' Java programming language.
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IBM Rival?
by Cliffdaddy on Thu 5th Jan 2006 20:46 UTC
Cliffdaddy
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2005-07-07

Competition with IBM? I would think Microsoft should be more worried about Apple. With Apple changing to the X86 platform, it would be very easy for them to bring OS X into direct competition with Windows

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RE: IBM Rival?
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 5th Jan 2006 20:51 in reply to "IBM Rival?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Competition with IBM? I would think Microsoft should be more worried about Apple. With Apple changing to the X86 platform, it would be very easy for them to bring OS X into direct competition with Windows.

No. Apple's relationship with Microsoft is actually quite good. And Apple will never make themselves too big a threat to Microsoft because else MS can threaten to discontinue Office:Mac-- and Office:Mac is very important if Apple wants to continue being viable as an alternative to Windows.

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RE[2]: IBM Rival?
by dylansmrjones on Thu 5th Jan 2006 21:23 in reply to "RE: IBM Rival?"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Well, if Apple wanted to they could 'easily' change that situation. They _do_ have the resources to do a proper port of openoffice.org.

But why do that if you can get a nice little niche, milking the customers, while being friendly with MS? ;)

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RE[2]: IBM Rival?
by greta on Fri 6th Jan 2006 02:04 in reply to "RE: IBM Rival?"
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2006-01-06

Woah... are you trying to say that Apple is allowing itself to put a cap on its potential success all in an effort to not upset Microsoft?

That's just stupid.

If Apple get's "too successful" that means that they will have taken enough of Microsoft's core user base to become THAT much of a threat to them. If they take away Office, it would mean that Microsoft is not only not generating revenue from the lost sale of Windows as a result of Apple's success, but also not benefiting from the sale of Office too!

Microsoft's shareholder's simply wouldn't stand for that kind of last revenue generating opportunity.

I'm really surprised that you would even make such a comment... it implies that you hold a belief that Microsoft holds some sort of control on Apple. That's simply not true... ESPECIALLY now that Apple has shown that they can overcome what was previously regarded as a major threat like taking away IE for Mac was said to be only a few years ago.

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RE[2]: IBM Rival?
by Celerate on Fri 6th Jan 2006 03:42 in reply to "RE: IBM Rival?"
Celerate Member since:
2005-06-29

People are already friendlier to the idea of Mac OS as a Windows alternative than to Linux, I don't see why Apple couldn't go on a serious offensive and switch a sizeable number of Microsoft customers over.

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