Earlier this evening, The VAR Guy attended a briefing about Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) 14, a forthcoming upgrade to Microsoft's unified communications platform. During a panel discussion, six Microsoft partners essentially dismissed competitive threats from Asterisk -- the open source IP PBX. The reason: The partners claim Microsoft's API (Application Programming Interface) and software development tools for OCS 14 easily beat alternatives in the Asterisk market.
Meanwhile, Microsoft held additional partner meetings down the hall. Key topics for discussion included:
- Competing against VMware and beating vSphere virtualization in the market
- Competing against Google and beating Google Apps in the market
Does Ballmer still worry about open source? Certainly yes. But there doesn't seem to be any signs of open source-related panic here at WPC10. Microsoft's latest targets for termination are Google Apps and VMware. Long Live Open Source...
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