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

And I meditate they are just about to get much.

Microsoft for the most part dominates in operational systems and organization fecundity software.

Windows is active to be the ascendent OS for some instance. But I suggest things will get markedly more fascinating near the Novell/SuSE integration. The gargantuan IBM was merely at the rear Linux. (People forget that if IBM's software package army unit were a set aside company, it would be numeral two just to Microsoft.) Now, they facade the flout from a joint venture that knows how to marketplace to the enterprise, which Red Hat does not. SuSE gets the transmission and business partners it needs worldwide; Novell can pledge its aliveness over and done NetWare as a contestant to the despicable Microsoft. (Novell feels just about as solidly in the order of the kindred from the Northwest as Sun does.)

And mumbling of Sun, they are aggressively pushful StarOffice as an alternate to Microsoft Office. It offers folder compatibility, so anyone on a fund may privation to at smallest possible balance it. Corel is besides floppy in here next to WordPerfect and separate products, and Novell has GroupWise. So at hand is at tiniest a pocket-size match in bureau productivity, although admittedly not much. StarOffice is now open in the retail channel, so that may revise.

With Sun and IBM ambitious Java/J2EE as the horizontal surface for Web services, .NET is exploit all the challenge it can feel. For resurgent Web commercial enterprise (updating from a info) I give the impression of being to see at slightest as numerous pages next to .jsp (Java Server Pages) or .php (Hypertext Preprocessor) as I do .asp (Active Server Pages, from Microsoft) on the data file first name. (If you've ever wondered what those crazy holding were that were not .htm or .html, that's it!)

There are two areas where Microsoft is not even board up to premier place.

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

In the info arena, Microsoft genuinely faces inflexible fight. IBM is stagnant number one near DB2, and Oracle is approximate at the back. While SQL Server 2000 is substantially much big-shouldered and enterprise-ready than its predecessors, it is stationary in tertiary dump. (Albeit a tighter tertiary deposit next to the measurability and new features of SQL Server 2000.) On the charts beside a pellet is MySQL, the Linux of the information global that is achievement more than bazaar cut in enterprises not needing the features of a DB2 or Oracle.

So, does Microsoft have competition? Yes, even in areas of near-monopoly, here is at least several challenge.

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