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SiliconValley.com: Microsoft makes pitch to developers

Jun 23, 2001, 15:00 (42 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"They're the builders behind every company's grand plans for Web services. They're developers, and for Microsoft and its rivals their loyalty is critical."

"That's why the software giant spent this week introducing its latest and greatest programming tools to 10,000 developers in Atlanta and trying to convince them that what they build will transform business. But Microsoft faces stiff competition from the Java programming language and also from the growing popularity of Linux and other open source software...."

"As for competition with Linux, [Bill] Holmes [systems integration manager at Cornell University's computer science department who attended Microsoft's TechEd conference in Atlanta], said he thinks both systems have their place. 'Microsoft is also doing a version of open source with its early adopter program,' he said. 'It has changed the way it deals with some people because of open source.'

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