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CW360.com: Microsoft Quietly Plans to Target Linux Users with Cut-down .net Web Server

May 15, 2002, 19:00 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Doyle)

"Like Windows 2000, Windows .net, will appear in the Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter Editions when the series is released later this year, but the company also plans to release a cut-down Web Server Edition to attack Linux in the open source operating system's principal market. Although this edition has been on the cards for more than a year, Microsoft has not been trumpeting its arrival.

"Tom Bittman, vice-president and research director at analyst firm Gartner, said Microsoft is caught between stemming the Linux flood and risking stifling sales of its current Windows products in the light of this cheaper, if not free, product. 'If Microsoft markets the fact it will have it, it will be forced to spend a lot of time explaining what it is and what it isn't to avoid a slow-down in sales-- and all before the product is launched. Better to keep it quiet,' he said.

"The growing backing behind Linux represents a threat to Windows, and Microsoft is starting to build up its guard. 'Microsoft is very worried about Linux. In fact, it is perhaps more worried than it needs to be,' said Bittman..."

[Editor's Note: Some browsers are reporting a registration screen is needed to access this story. There is no registration required for this story, but to view it you may need to go directly to www.cw360.com and run a search for "linux" to view this story. It has also been suggested to just hit "Enter" if you see a login form; some users are reporting that the article will just come up after that. I apologize for any inconvenience, as this link worked for me in Netscape 6. -ed.]

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