In fact Microsoft is hurting just like the rest of us. Its clothes look sharp so you don't notice that those keen elbow patches cover real tears in the fabric.
That's why its strategy seems so schizophrenic.
- Push out open source code but have someone else do it so you can deny it later.
- Support open source security but claim all open source is under your patent.
- Rush out a position paper saying nice things about open source, but not too many nice things.
What Microsoft sees is what we all see, that deer-in-the-headlights look in the marketplace. Until the capital markets become unfrozen no one can prosper. Not even Microsoft.
Microsoft is as scared of what is happening in the real economy as any open source entrepreneur. That might bring a little joy to your heart if we weren't all gonna be sinkin' soon.