The Commoditization of Software

For years, hardware companies struggled under pressure from the forces of commoditization, as widespread popularity of standardized operating systems forced them into withering competition, the end result of which was a phenomenal reduction in hardware prices. Today, the shoe is on the other foot, as software is commoditized by the appearance of free (as in cost) open-source software. Constructed through the joint effort of thousands of programmers around the world, its low cost serves as a strong challenge to proprietary software companies’ business models.” Read the editorial at ZDNews.


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