Pay special attention to the 4th and 5th paragraph:
“Tom Berquist, a software analyst at Citigroup, called the union “a non-event from a Microsoft perspective”.
He continued: “We see this as a marketing event around products that are already freely available on the web. While the two companies stated they would explore opportunities to promote OpenOffice, we do not see any logical reasons why consumers or corporate users would transition off Office … to an open-source substitute that has been available for many years”
While this comment comes from an analyst instead of Bill Gates, these comments sound very similar to Harley Davidson’s comments while Honda was growing and taking market share …