When I saw the post this morning on Techmeme from the New York Times "Facing Free Software, Microsoft Looks to Yahoo", I was somewhat confused. Why would a company like Microsoft – that makes uggles of money from selling software – want to jump onto the free software bandwagon? This quote from the article describes what may be their strategy:
So – let’s talk free software. First of all, there is lots of it out there and many are viable alternatives to software that we are all paying for now. I still use Microsoft Office and many Adobe Products, but also use things like Google Spreadsheets for collaboration. I emailed one of my favorite tech resources – my brother (who happens to be a big open source fan) to send me links of the open source websites he recommends. I also added links to Google and Yahoo sites that have free software available. Considering I have been a techie for years, having all of this free software available is an amazing opportunity. Even if I have to look at some ads to get it… And this is all a step closer to the concept of "cloud computing".
Any sites to add??
- Google Apps (free online Google Applications)
- Yahoo Gallery Find and use mashups and plug-ins that use Yahoo! technologies.
- Yahoo Downloads (free software)
- Zoho Suite
- Open Source Windows
- Make The Move
- Wikipedia also has a comprehensive list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_open_source_software_packages