From an interview with Joachim Kempin, senior vice president
in charge of Microsoft's operating system OEM strategy at the
Microsoft US headquarters:
"Linux is too expensive. This is because each company has to
invest an unreasonable amount of time and money in Linux
verification. As a result, the TCO (the total cost of system
installation and operation) is too high, effectively making Linux a
very expensive operating system. Vendors who are building up their
Linux business are making a serious mistake and need to wake up to
that fact quickly...."
"Linux is simply a fad that has been generated by the media and
is destined to fall by the wayside in time. Windows 2000 will
gradually overtake the Linux share in the server market. In fact,
the advent of Linux has spurred Microsoft's developers to move up a
gear. The arrival of new competitors in applications or operating
systems development provides us at Microsoft with the driving force
to create even better software products...."
"In the NAS field, in which Linux already has a head start,
ensuring that Windows 2000 becomes widely used is a key strategic
issue. We have already announced link-ups overseas with IBM and
Dell Computers of the US, and we will be working with leading
companies such as NEC to establish a presence in the Japanese
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