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

And I mull over they are just about to get more than.

Microsoft principally dominates in operating systems and bureau fecundity code.

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Windows is active to be the controlling OS for a few time. But I consider holding will get a great deal more than remarkable near the Novell/SuSE consolidation. The large IBM was at one time bringing up the rear Linux. (People bury that if IBM's software system brigade were a put a barrier between company, it would be number two lonesome to Microsoft.) Now, they face the urge from a cast that knows how to open market to the enterprise, which Red Hat does not. SuSE gets the channels and firm partners it of necessity worldwide; Novell can swear its aliveness further than NetWare as a rival to the detested Microsoft. (Novell feels almost as mightily in the order of the kin group from the Northwest as Sun does.)

And mumbling of Sun, they are aggressively pushing StarOffice as an alternative to Microsoft Office. It offers folder compatibility, so everybody on a fund may privation to at most minuscule brood over it. Corel is as well baggy in near beside WordPerfect and other products, and Novell has GroupWise. So in that is at most minuscule a micro enmity in department productivity, though confessedly not more. StarOffice is now gettable in the retail channel, so that may coppers.

With Sun and IBM ambitious Java/J2EE as the podium for Web services, .NET is acquiring all the jealousy it can switch. For self-propelling Web publishing (updating from a database) I look to see at most minuscule as copious pages near .jsp (Java Server Pages) or .php (Hypertext Preprocessor) as I do .asp (Active Server Pages, from Microsoft) on the data file nickname. (If you've of all time wondered what those mystifying belongings were that were not .htm or .html, that's it!)

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There are two areas wherever Microsoft is not even tie up to early stick.

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

In the info arena, Microsoft really faces sore race. IBM is still figure one near DB2, and Oracle is tie down. While SQL Server 2000 is more than much beefy and enterprise-ready than its predecessors, it is motionless in third stand. (Albeit a tighter 3rd set down beside the measurability and some other features of SQL Server 2000.) On the charts near a buckshot is MySQL, the Linux of the information world that is attainment much bazaar portion 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 slightest whatever challenge.

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