Microsoft Asks Open Source Not to Focus on Price

Microsoft’s supposed open-source guru Sam Ramji has asked open-source vendors to focus on “value” instead of “cost” with respect to competition with Microsoft products. This is especially funny given the Redmond giant’s recent “Apple Tax” message. “While I’m sure Ramji meant well, I’m equally certain that Microsoft would like nothing more than to not be reminded of how expensive its products can be compared with open-source solutions. After all, Microsoft was the company that turned the software industry on its head by introducing lower-cost solutions years ago to undermine the Unix businesses of IBM and Hewlett-Packard, and the database businesses of Oracle and IBM.”

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