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Microsoft tries to battle free with cheap. It won't work

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| Crappy but cheap? It isn't going to stop open source. Open source wins, in
| part, because it's cheap, but anyone that has run Linux, Apache, Zimbra, etc.
| knows that there is plenty of open source that wins because it is
| awesome...and just happens to be cheap as an added benefit.
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http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3-10008408-16.html

Margins decline and it shows.


Recent:

The Anti-Microsoft: Linux, Open Source, Google and Apple

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| As far as the Windows operating system is concerned, Microsoft warned that
| the introduction of OEM PCs preloaded with Linux, in addition to Apple
| computers, can also hurt its business. In this regard, Linux's biggest
| advantage is the fact that it is free.
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http://news.softpedia.com/news/The-a...le-91295.shtml


Microsoft loses 90 Billion Dollars

http://slated.org/microsoft_loses_90_billion_dollars


Microsoft slashes Office prices in RP

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| "This is also part of our Unlimited Potential program," added Rivera-Moreno.
| Microsoft's Unlimited Potential is a global program aimed at helping the
| middle and bottom of the world's economic pyramid of about 5 billion people,
| the software company's website stated.
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http://technology.inquirer.net/infot...e-prices-in-RP


Bringing down software margins with the cloud and open source

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| Microsoft expects to lose margin as "cloud" competitors start to eat away at
| its core businesses. Kudos to Microsoft for calling out the obvious.
|
| [...]
|
| Put more bluntly, there's not a chance in Hades that Microsoft will be able
| to charge more for its cloud-based offerings, not when its competitors are
| using the cloud to pummel its desktop and server-based offerings. This is
| something that Microsoft (and everyone else) is simply going to have to get
| used to: The go-go days of outrageous (software) margins are over. Done.
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http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3-9952036-16.html
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