Matt Asay Says Microsoft Open Source Threats Will Fail

Friday Oct 29th 2010 by Keith Vance
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Matt Asay warns Microsoft against continuing the company's current strategy of threatening lawsuits to crush open source software.

In his column today in The Register, Matt Asay warned Microsoft against continuing the company's current strategy of threatening lawsuits to crush open source software.

He said that the "Microsoft-against-open-source threat level moved to bright orange this week with news that Redmond is trying to hold Acer and Asustek hostage by levying patent royalties on them in response to those device manufacturers' use of Google's open source mobile platform, Android."

Asay's basic point is that Microsoft needs to realize that the market has effectively priced the cost of the operating system at $0. Nobody pays licensing fees for Apple's iOS or Google's Android or Google Chromium -- they're free.

"The game ... is not over for Microsoft," Asay said. "But it soon will be if the company keeps imposing a levy on open source adoption in an attempt to stem the tide of open source and how it shifts software value away from license fees."


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