Microsoft has, I think, easily handled “open source” with it’s campaign of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt), but could it handle dealing with all of us on different fronts?
The reason I pose this is that Microsoft’s PR machine is now in gear trying to cope with Firefox. Check out this great quote:
Microsoft’s security and management product manager, told attendees that IE undergoes “rigorous code reviews” and is no less secure than any other browser.
“Because IE is ubiquitous, you hear a lot more about it, but I don’t think that Internet Explorer is any less secure than any other browser out there,” English said.
This is really more desperate than pathetic isn’t it? Ok, it’s both, but the point of my post here is to pose the question of whether Microsoft’s PR FUD machine could deal with fighting on as many fronts as we all have the potential to open. I have the feeling that we could easily scale to this while the fact that MS would be engaging is a bigger message than whatever they could say in response.
Ok, ‘open source’, Servers, DBs, Browsers, Email, Accounting, Media Players, etc etc etc…