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IT-Director.com: Microsoft squares up to Linux

Jun 22, 1999, 03:24 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Snark)

"The bad news for Microsoft began earlier this year with IDC's report that Linux was the fastest-growing server platform in 1999..."

"... Microsoft appears now to be squaring up to the competition, as indeed it must do as the launch of Windows 2000 approaches. It has created a Linux response team... and it is currently advertising for a product manager to provide a "competitive analysis of Linux, both for providing product planning to the development team and for technical assistance to Microsoft's sales force."

"we do not yet see what Microsoft can do, other than spend marketing dollars and we doubt if that will make the difference. Microsoft is caught by it reliance on the operating system as a revenue source."

"Linux is becoming the first choice... To level this out, Microsoft has no choice but to offer price parity with Linux - but the Microsoft business model forbids this."

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