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Start-ups find an edge in the cloud

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| "If you are using open source, it is even better, because you have this whole
| massive group of resources to back it up", Malcolm said. "That is the massive
| advantage for any start-up using software-as-a-service, especially using open
| source."
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| While the start-ups could see "enormous benefits" from the cloud, one issue
| they raised was over the role of Microsoft, which recently made a push into
| the area with the launch of its Azure set of cloud services. On a show of
| hands, four of the eight were frequent users of open-source software, while
| almost all said they used some open source.
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http://news.zdnet.co.uk/itmanagement...015,00.htm?r=1

That's why Microsoft offers them 'free drugs' now.


Recent:

Microsoft offers free software to start-ups

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| Microsoft has slashed the cost for internet and technology start-ups to use
| its software and servers in an attempt to attract the latest generation of
| programmers away from Open Source rivals like Linux.
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/y...start-ups.html


Microsoft's Biz Spark is Another Direct Shot at Open Source

http://ostatic.com/176551-blog/micro...at-open-source


Microsoft's Answer to The Open Source Threat

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| The introduction of BizSpark clearly indicates that Microsoft wants start-ups
| to defer from using open source software such as Linux.
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http://www.enterpriser.in/India/Know...94853-449.html


Microsoft offers South Korea $60 million 'encouragement' to use its software

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| IN WHAT APPEARS to be a rather desperate move by Microsoft, the firm is
| actually paying South Korea $60 million just to use its software.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...ys-south-korea


Microsoft Against Free Software... But In Favor Of Paying Nations To Use Its
Software?

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| With more and more countries aggressively moving to embrace free and open
| source software, it appears that Microsoft is using its own money to its
| advantage, such as with this agreement to hand over $60 million to South
| Korea to get it to use its software, rather than the alternatives.
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http://techdirt.com/articles/20081103/1053402725.shtml
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