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

And I imagine they are more or less to get much.

Microsoft above all dominates in operational systems and organization prosperity code.

Windows is active to be the dominant OS for few event. But I judge holding will get more than much intriguing next to the Novell/SuSE join up. The jumbo IBM was merely at the rear Linux. (People bury that if IBM's software system faction were a isolated company, it would be amount two solely to Microsoft.) Now, they frontage the dare from a business that knows how to marketplace to the enterprise, which Red Hat does not. SuSE gets the transmission and business organisation partners it needs worldwide; Novell can give your word its continuation past NetWare as a contender to the despised Microsoft. (Novell feels more or less as vigorously almost the tribe from the Northwest as Sun does.)

And speaking of Sun, they are sharply pushful StarOffice as an secondary to Microsoft Office. It offers folder compatibility, so any person on a budget may privation to at least evaluate it. Corel is as well sagging in there with WordPerfect and some other products, and Novell has GroupWise. So there is at smallest a miniature bout in organization productivity, though true not some. StarOffice is now unspoken for in the retail channel, so that may money.

With Sun and IBM aggressive Java/J2EE as the platform for Web services, .NET is getting all the challenge it can handgrip. For self-propelling Web publishing (updating from a database) I give the impression of being to see at lowest as many pages near .jsp (Java Server Pages) or .php (Hypertext Preprocessor) as I do .asp (Active Server Pages, from Microsoft) on the record baptize. (If you've ever wondered what those amazing holding were that were not .htm or .html, that's it!)

There are two areas wherever Microsoft is not even imminent to initial stand.

Most Web servers are Apache running underneath Linux, not Microsoft's Internet Information Server on a Windows box.

In the information arena, Microsoft genuinely faces prim contest. IBM is unmoving figure one next to DB2, and Oracle is ambient behind. While SQL Server 2000 is much more strapping and enterprise-ready than its predecessors, it is stagnant in ordinal locate. (Albeit a tighter tertiary dump next to the measurability and other features of SQL Server 2000.) On the charts next to a slug is MySQL, the Linux of the info global that is acquirement more marketplace allocation in enterprises not needing the features of a DB2 or Oracle.

So, does Microsoft have competition? Yes, even in areas of near-monopoly, in that is at least whatsoever game.

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