Thursday, March 09, 2006

Why Microsoft is Peeing its Pants

"The trend appears to be unstoppable, but whether Microsoft will be able to pull the industry’s strings its way remains to be seen. Serious opposition will rise against SAAS. Retailers and supply-chain channels will find themselves cut out of the equation as their largest customer moves to deal with the end user directly. And they will not go down without a fight. Linux users are also watching closely. Evan Leibovitch, former president of the Linux Professional Institute, sees the move to SAAS as a windfall for the open-source community. He doesn’t believe Microsoft is really moving to cut costs for companies, but that SAAS will ultimately end up denting IT budgets even more." ...

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