And speaking of Microsoft and licensing, What’s with Microsoft’s upgrade ultimatum? It seems that Microsoft wants to make sure that its large customers keep current with their software upgrades and in turn guarantee a revenue stream in perpetuity. Nice, if they can pull it off but a lot of companies are going to experience a huge hit on their IT budgets due to not only the licensing cost but also the expense of upgrading all their computers and keeping their users training current.
Microsoft’s Craig Mundie is not just sitting around after his May 3rd speech at the New York University Stern School of Business. In a ZDNet commentary, News: Mundie: Why open source is still questionable, he congratulates himself on his own speech and then reiterates it for the rest of us.
When comparing the commercial software model to the open-source software model, look carefully at the business plans and licensing structures that form their foundations. This comparison leads to the conclusion that the commercial software model alone has the capacity for sustaining real economic growth. Intellectual capital has always been, and will remain, the core asset of the software industry, and of almost every other industry. Preserving that capital–and investing in its constant renewal–benefits everyone.
I guess this isn’t as bad as the “Open source is un-American” attack once coming out of Microsoft.