"The unexpected downturn of the economy has everyone pointing fingers. M$ has the view that competitive
under pricing is both un American and destructive. They don't like the "services as software" crowd where
competitors, who collaboratively build openly shared freeware, then use it as the basis for delivering fee based
services. M$ prefers the "software as a service" approach, where the platform provider can extract a vig from
all participants. Salon Magazine politicizes the downturn, blaming old economy campaign contributions to Bush
for the collapse of the new "highly productive" economy. And The Economist finds the downturn explanation as
a high tech ponzi scheme having run out of suckers." More at LinuxToday.
March 21, 2001