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CNET/Yahoo!: Microsoft learns from its enemy--Linux

Aug 30, 2001, 06:02 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)
"Linux's success in low-end servers led the company to revise its server product line, said Doug Miller, director of competitive strategy for Microsoft's Windows division. And Microsoft learned that it needs better interactions with the programmers who use Microsoft products.

"Any competing technology is good for the industry. It causes us to evaluate our own offerings," he said in an interview at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo. "Linux has been a catalyst for doing that at Microsoft."

Future versions of Microsoft's server operating system, formerly code-named Whistler server, then Windows 2002, and now called Windows .Net Server, will include not only the Server, Advanced Server and Datacenter versions of Windows 2000 (news - web sites), but also a stripped-down version that costs less for use on Web servers, Miller said."

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