this is what we have been discussing here: the threat to microsoft, and its response to web service-based competition.
if you cant beat 'em, join 'em: that seems to be microsoft's idea.
i am beginning to like this guy mark benioff: he's been shooting his mouth off regarding ellison for some time, and now he's extending it to microsoft. scott mcnealy of sun used to be the most entertaining character among tech CEOs but he seems to have lost his old flair for one-liners. benioff may be worth watching. unless, that is, ellison swallows up salesforce.com as well.