"I was going to avoid writing about Microsoft this week, but how
could I resist sharing these tidbits from ex-Microsofties? These
former Microsoft employees have written in to set the record
straight about what's really going on behind the scenes at a few of
the software giant's subsidiaries."
"When Microsoft acquired Linkexchange (now bCentral), company
officials tried to get rid of Oracle databases in favor of the
company's own SQL Server. "Some of the best folks from Redmond came
down to make the change, but after two or three months they gave up
and switched back to Oracle on Solaris, where it remains today,"
this reader wrote."
"For the most part, according to our ex-Microsoftie, the
company's money-making Web properties are all based around Unix,
with Hotmail 99 being 99 percent FreeBSD, MSN using some Apache on
Solaris, bCentral ad servers on 100 percent FreeBSD, and WebTV
pretty much entirely Solaris. "Internally when Windows 2000 was
announced, people were told not to even think about using it for
production because it was too unstable," says this
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