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Notable quotes about VMware, Dropbox, Microsoft and others in the software ecosystem

By April 9, 2012Uncategorized

“I’ve noticed that VMware has been joining a lot of consortiums with the word ‘open’ in the title. VMware’s technical architecture reflects its business model, and that’s lock-in. The day they open source their core virtualization is the day that they can truly claim to be open.”
Scott Crenshaw, head of Red Hat’s Cloud Business Unit
“Dropbox created a market for something we didn’t really know that we needed, but now that it’s out there, it’s hard to be without it.”
Markus Rex, CEO, ownCloud
“Versus a year ago, they [Microsoft] have a shot now. At the same time, this is a war for [mobile app] developers’ time and attention, and Apple and Android are winning.”
Cameron Clayton, Weather Channel’s executive vice president of digital
“For Nokia, this is a pretty big deal. The U.S. is home to the smartphone business, and they’ve been visibly absent from the U.S. for years. There’s a lot riding on this for Nokia, and for Microsoft, no doubt.”
Mark McKechnie, wireless market analyst for ThinkEquity, referring to the launch of the Lumia 900 Windows-based smartphone
“I regret to say that certain developments in patent enforcement have really turned Germany into a dangerous location for [Microsoft] business, a problem that other high-tech companies, such as Apple, are also experiencing. Standard-essential patents are lethal weapons, a fact that Motorola proudly highlighted to the Mannheim court by saying that such patents are like bullets in a gun: ‘it takes only one bullet to kill.’ Once a patented invention becomes a mandatory part of a standard, the patent can no longer be engineered around. A country in which such patents can be easily abused to win injunctions is not an advisable place for a European distribution operation.”
Florian Mueller, German patent expert
“The opportunity to build life-changing products by writing software is nothing short of mind blowing.”
Uzi Shmilovici, CEO and founder, Future Simple
“One of the things that studies have shown is that women are concerned with the impact of their work more than men are. They want to know that what they’re doing matters to someone. And given that, I think that now that technology, and especially internet technology and mobile technology, touches everyone’s lives on a daily basis, I really hope that that will inspire more women to enter the field of technology and make that kind of impact.”
Marissa Mayer, VP of Location and Local Services, Google

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