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Microsoft keeps small businesses awake at night

Have they tried counting Voles?
Wed Jan 28 2004, 14:31
A REPORT FROM the Yankee Group claimed that 43% of small and medium businesses it surveyed are kept awake at night because they fear depending too heavily on the Vole.

And 72 per cent of the people surveyed said they were looking for other vendors presumably so they can have a good night's kip.

Yankee said it was surprised at the level of the concern in the sector. Michael Lauricella, an analyst at the firm said that whether it was a five person pizza house or a 400 employee manufacturer, these firms are expressing similar anxieties about Microsoft.

Microsoft already has a large chunk of the small and medium business sector worldwide, and Yankee estimates a $10 billion share by 2010.

The marketing group said that the fear of Microsoft dependency will open up opportunities for other vendors - including IBM, Oracle and others, to try and grab some of that large pie for themselves.


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