Microsoft & Oracle Give Away Their Stuff

Microsoft is giving away Express editions of their Visual Studio 2005 software. Oracle is giving away the express edition of their Oracle 10g Database.
I think the big boys are watching a lot of buzz get created with free tools and they want in on the party. Free up the API’s, give away the tools, and let everyone have at it.
I think what open source was missing for so long was a good, strong coordinated marketing message. Maybe blogging, as a sort of “organic marketing,” fills that void. One thing’s for sure, the big boys are listening.

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