good move but very late.
Ruby on rails.PHP,Google Mashup,J2EE,Spring,Hibernate,AJAX,XUL is all we need cause it is free.even if industry force MS technlogy usage but some hosting companies and individual will continue to save with open source.
I'm going to have to disagree there... Free is usually not the answer.
I work with:
* Closed source commercial software
* Open source software (FOSS)
* Open source commercial software
I find that it is cheaper to work with commercial software most often. In general I find that FOSS software lacks documentation needed to use it quickly and effectively. The development time spent getting up to speed with some FOSS can cost more than just purchasing a commercial component where you get the docs needed to start using it right away.
Not always true, but very often I find that's the case.
If I were a student, I'd go for MS tools like that in a heartbeat.
As for the MS "attack" on OS, I think they "get it" now, and I believe that they will succeed for the most part.