I guess Paul Saffo wasn’t answering his phone yesterday: that would explain why the Mercury News called me for a quote in today’s article about Microsoft’s place in Silicon Valley. Bottom line: in Silicon Valley, Microsoft is seen as a little less dangerous, but not necessarily less evil.

[To the tune of Fleetwood Mac, “What Makes You Think You’re The One,” from the album “The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac“.]

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From the article:

Google’s spectacular growth may have helped Microsoft’s image.

“That kind of growth makes it harder for people to see it as a force for good against the Microsoft behemoth,” said Alex Soojung-Kim Pang of the non-profit Institute for the Future. “The competitive landscape has changed for Microsoft. It still has a very big control of the operating system market. On the other hand, its ability to leverage that into dominance of many other things computer-related is far from guaranteed.

“I don’t know if it makes people more sympathetic to Microsoft, but at least it’s not as scary as it used to be. It’s a slightly smaller monster than it was before.”