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CRN: Ballmer Memo Cites Linux Threat, 'Challenging' Environment, Longhorn Response

Jun 05, 2003, 14:30 (30 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Barbara Darrow)

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"Though optimistic about growth opportunities, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer remains cautious about the vendor's near- and midterm picture, according to a company memo examined by CRN.

"Linux, the open-source operating system that has dogged Microsoft's Windows platform, appears to remain a top-of-mind consideration. 'In this environment of lean IT budgets and concerns about Microsoft's attention to customers, noncommercial software such as Linux and OpenOffice is seen as interesting, good enough or free alternatives,' Ballmer wrote in the memo.

"IBM, another bete noir for Microsoft, also earned some ink in the memo. 'IBM's endorsement of Linux has added credibility and an illusion of support and accountability, although the reality is there is no center of gravity or central body investing in the health and growth of noncommercial software or innovating in critical areas like engineering, manageability, compatibility and security,' Ballmer added..."

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