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CPIlive/Computer News Middle East: Door Open to Open-Source Pacts

Dec 22, 2006, 20:30 (3 Talkback[s])

"CNME: How does Microsoft view open source?

"Hilf: Microsoft does not compete with open source. We compete with open-source products that people sell. When we did the deal with JBoss [an open-source middleware company now owned by Red Hat, we found a few interesting stats. Half of their users were running on Windows. We also found after we did the deal, we sold more Windows server licenses. That's just fundamental good business. So when we get into the competitive debate, JBoss helped our Windows server business grow..."

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