A timely reality check
What is the greatest threat to Microsoft's dominance: Google Inc. or open source? The answer is both, especially when they're working together.
"Open source is a software capitalist's supreme tool," says Matt Asay, vice president of business development with Alfresco Software Inc., an open source enterprise content management company. "It enables vendors to align closely with their customers and prospects while simultaneously undermining competitors' efforts to charge license fees for their own products. It's one that Google has been using to good effect in toppling 20th-century software businesses."