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Does Microsoft Have any Real Competition? Copyright (c) 2003 Gregory S. Diehl In a word, yes.

And I think they are about to get more.

Microsoft primarily dominates in working systems and administrative center productivity software.

Windows is going to be the dominant OS for some time. But I think equipment will get much more appealing with the Novell/SuSE merger. The giant IBM was previously after Linux. (People disregard that if IBM's software border were a break free company, it would be come to two only to Microsoft. ) Now, they face the challenge from a circle that knows how to marketplace to the enterprise, which Red Hat does not. SuSE gets the channels and commerce partners it needs worldwide; Novell can ensure its survival ahead of NetWare as a competitor to the hated Microsoft. (Novell feels about as brightly about the folks from the Northwest as Sun does. )

And communication of Sun, they are assertively approaching StarOffice as an another to Microsoft Office. It offers file compatibility, so a person on a financial statement may want to at least bear in mind it. Corel is also killing in there with WordPerfect and other products, and Novell has GroupWise. So there is at least a diminutive contest in agency productivity, though admittedly not much. StarOffice is now accessible in the retail channel, so that may change.

With Sun and IBM almost Java/J2EE as the platform for Web services, . NET is in receipt of all the battle it can handle. For dynamic Web publishing (updating from a database) I seem to see at least as many pages with . jsp (Java Head waiter Pages) or . php (Hypertext Preprocessor) as I do . asp (Active Ma?tre d' Pages, from Microsoft) on the file name. (If you've ever wondered what those alien belongings were that were not . htm or . html, that's it!)

There are two areas where Microsoft is not even close to first place.

Most Web servers are Apache in a row under Linux, not Microsoft's Internet In order Head waiter on a Windows box.

In the catalog arena, Microsoft exceedingly faces stiff competition. IBM is still digit one with DB2, and Foreshadowing is close behind. While SQL Ma?tre d' 2000 is much more robust and enterprise-ready than its predecessors, it is still in third place. (Albeit a tighter third place with the scalability and other skin texture of SQL Ma?tre d' 2000. ) On the charts with a bullet is MySQL, the Linux of the catalog world that is in advance more advertise share in enterprises not needing the skin tone of a DB2 or Oracle.

So, does Microsoft have competition? Yes, even in areas of near-monopoly, there is at least some competition.

About the author: Gregory S. Diehl has just about 35 years encounter in applying know-how to solve affair tribulations and enlarge opportunities. He has worked as a systems analyst, programmer, industrial writer, Web developer and frequent other roles. A Master CIW Designer, he is now first a Web aim and change firm in Las Vegas. http://www. gsdweb. net http://www. lonewolfreviews. com webmaster@gsdweb. net


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