snydeq writes: "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister sees an uncertain future for Mono in the wake of recent Attachmate Mono layoffs, one that may hinge ironically on help from Microsoft itself. 'To lose all of the potential of these tools now would be a terrible shame. But it seems unlikely that Mono will be able to keep up with the pace of.Net without some sort of commercial backing,' McAllister writes. 'The most likely candidate might be the least-expected one. Microsoft has been working to revise its stance on open source for the last few years, softening its rhetoric and even sponsoring open source projects through the Outercurve Foundation (née CodePlex). Maybe it's high time Microsoft put its money where its mealy mouth is.'"
donniebaseball23 writes: EA's BioWare is developing its first-ever MMORPG in Star Wars: The Old Republic, and the publisher is betting big that the project will be a huge success. Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter says development alone cost an estimated $80 million, with marketing and distribution adding in another $20 million. The good news is it shouldn't take much to break even. ""We estimate that EA will cover its direct operating costs and break even at 500,000 subscribers (this is exceedingly conservative, and the actual figure is probably closer to 350,000), meaning that with 1.5 million paying subscribers, EA will have 1 million profitable subs," Pachter noted.