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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Microsoft's Taylor-Made Linux Strategist

Jan 26, 2004, 18:30 (10 Talkback[s])
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"Some research indicates that Linux is winning against Microsoft in some markets. Its acceleration and adoption is undeniable. What worries you about Linux?

"Martin Taylor: I don't say what worries me about Linux. I think about the market share. When you see the growth numbers, you really want to understand why. Is it because we don't have the right technology that customers want? We don't have the right business model? It's no different than any other competitive discussion. It's the same way we think about Sun, Oracle, IBM, AOL...

"It's about 'Do we have the right offerings for our customers?' If we do, are we communicating it the right way, or building the right things? We are thinking about it holistically. Linux is a slightly different phenomenon based on the business model. This is the first time we've 'competed' against this business model of low or no-cost acquisition..."

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