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    Microsoft's Approach May Isolate U.S. Permanently
    Another View of the Patent Lawsuit Ideology

    From our latest Opinion/Editorial web pages.

    I ncredible as it may seem, Microsofts leading executive Steve Ballmer is warning nations about the potential for patent lawsuits if they use Linux. Although he is smart enough to state the warning in terms of advice, neither Asian leaders nor the world are taking this as anything less than a threat.

    Were not talking about a statement made to some fortune 500 business leaders. Were not applying this to global companies based in other countries. Ballmer is speaking to nations, in the context of global authority.

    The U.S. software industry as a whole is sinking deaper and deaper in a quagmire as major software initiatives move to Asian nations including India and Singapore among others. Not only are software industry jobs in the U.S. threatened by this major paradigm shift, the U.S. ability to remain competitive is also being negatively affected.

    It is in my opinion that maybe Microsofts aggressive posturing now towards national governments, of all places, is not only alienating the U.S. industry as a whole, but doing so with such vigor that the results will be permanent.

    Ive been watching over the past twelve months major software endeavors shift from the U.S. to other countries. In turn, the results of these endeavors in terms of products, patents, and sales are shifting out of the U.S. Some people have started to wonder how making veiled threats towards other nations can improve anything at all regarding the U.S. software industry or even revenue for Microsoft?

    More and more nations are viewing the U.S. and Microsoft as one unit. One face. The lack of governmental intervention and the extensive posturing of this corporation are deeply influencing leaders of other nations. The result? Perhaps it may be: Isolation, alienation, and further decline of our industry as a whole.

    Walter V. Koenning Jr. is a freelance writer and contributes his voice to the technology industry on global technology issues. 

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