So, Microsoft has not one (settle with VCSY) but two looming deadlines in that any slip-up putting them over the (assumed June 30) GPLv3 issue line opens their intellectual properties to the open source movement ex facto pickelo.
This could be a case where the Microsoft Lawyers and Intransigent Management will outsmart their own engineering and user base. What a hoot to watch all this unfold. More fun than watching a rodeo clown getting twirled like pizza dough.
Those who have been reading the technology scene for the past few weeks recognize the scenery. IBM can (IBM can do anything now and they've demonstrated and are selling what Microsoft could only talk about years ago [still can't do- only talk. talk tallk talk yak yak yak). Adobe can (Adobe's even hooking up .Net just like Now Solutions did with emPath). Sun can (now that they're away from Microsoft). Others out there can but Microsoft, oddly enough, can not. they can only promise as they've promised many times before.
Ballmer's big scary patent litigation threat is being laughed at and sidestepped out in the open. Microsoft has no protection from virtualization so Vista will be owned by open-source wrappers if it goes on much longer than this. If it goes past June 30 everything Microsoft has will be open game to the Linux crowd who can out-sue Microsoft's entire cadre of legal resources. Kind of like a big fat bellowing cow eaten alive by fireants.
One other useful bit of information. The number of viewers on the #2 site spiked from 350 to 775 in one day. After that, the number went back down to 350 but the bandwidth numbers are way up.
I suspect there are 400 sophisticated viewers who visited the site that day (this past wed) and selected the RSS feed instead of coming back too the site. This means we have a party of people who are hooked in and silent so far. Don't know what that means for trading on the stock. Just an interesting population swell. Swell.
The desperate BS about patent invalidation LOL... will Microsoft be able to have VCSY's patents invalidated before June 30? OK How about before July 15? No? So what's THAT wishing and hoping all about? Giving the impinged troops a morale boost? HA
Looks like Microsoft has only one card left to play and that's to settle. If it goes on longer (like suppose the additional 400 swells to 4000? Swell) there won't be one "journalist" in the country who won't be able to draw a very nice and revealing picture of Microsoft standing there in Ballmer's underware before June 30. After that, the independent fireants take Office and Vista and make a truly usable ecology out of the duly purchased "products" and Microsoft is cut out of the virtualization game as they end up having to fight for years in the courts for the VCSY license (why would VCSY give them a license after June 30? Would the license cost not go up astronomically from VCSY's point fo view after that day?
No bad competition. Just "hardball" like Mister Ballmer likes to play. A real hardball so fast the radar gun will give a puff of smoke off to signal to all the baseball fans around the world... Mighty Casey has struck out.