Novell CEO: ‘Microsoft sucked $60 billion out of IT industry that could have used for innovation’

“Microsoft has sucked billions of dollars out of the IT industry that could have been spent in more fruitful ways, according to Novell. Speaking on Monday at BrainShare Europe, Novell’s annual conference here, CEO Jack Messman told customers and partners that Microsoft’s exhaustive license fees for Windows have prevented end-user organizations and independent software developers from directing cash into more ‘innovative’ software,” Andrew Donoghue writes for CNET News. “‘I am of the opinion that innovation has been slowed because of Microsoft. It has sucked $60 billion out of our industry that could have been used for innovation,’ he said. A Microsoft representative was not immediately available for comment.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Jack Messman wins the 2004 Duh! award for stating the most obvious truth in a public forum.


  1. Kudos to the gentleman for speaking the truth about Microshaft, a company that Novell will continue to do business with. Ol’ Billy Gates will probably put him on the shit list and Novell will start feeling the wrath.

  2. Microsoft+Bush really sucks money out of you!
    Please buy windows+word for bush!

    Longhorn BBQ at my place!

    Beautiful ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    When is the next Stevenote?

  3. And this is a revelation to whom?

    Novell owns SUSE Linux. How else do we expect them to speak about Microsoft? As much as I agree with the guy, I can’t forget he has an anti-Microsoft agenda that “colors” his rhetoric.

    What he says is true, too bad his believability index is so low. It gives MS users an excuse not to take him seriously. He heeds to get backup from an independent source.

  4. I hope he didn’t just figure this out. I also hope he hasn’t been sitting on the revelation for years.

    BTW- “the Doobie Brothers broke up”
    -Romancing The Stone
    Michael Douglas

  5. Steve is an AmericanArab so he would do fine by running Apple, Pixar, Disney and USA. (quattro ceo?)

    European Union is the only Super Power with China.
    Steve knows how to keep Pax Apple with the only Super Powers in the world ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    Amazing how the Bush sucks like windows 🙁

  6. Bush has sucked like… what 300 billion out of middle class pockets… Nice really nice…
    Chinese will own USA within 5 years ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

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