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Linux's role in Microsoft's decline

Jan 23, 2009, 15:32 (2 Talkback[s])

"A2 -- People will realize quickly that Linux is something they can use. It's a $12 billion investment [story] they can leverage to compete better in the market. That realization is happening.

"[Companies] have learned that they can participate in the higher-value, higher-margin choice Linux offers, both in embedded and on the enterprise side. They can offer their own branded software platform based on Linux, gaining a more direct relationship to the consumer, instead of Microsoft branding [taking precedence]. If Microsoft is getting 75 percent margins, you would like some of that high-margin business. That is really the lesson."

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