ComputerWorld: Microsoft Taking Linux's Pulse; Doug Miller at LinuxWorldFeb 06, 2001, 00:04 (30 Talkback[s])
"When talking to "typical Linux users," Miller said, he constantly hears that they're not interested in paying for software, which means it isn't likely that Microsoft will be developing any Linux-ported software of its own anytime soon."
"The company has reacted to customer demand in the past for other platforms, including Macintosh and Solaris, he said, when that was warranted. "That was totally customer-driven," he said."
"It would take "a lot of serious analysis" before Microsoft would even consider such a step for Linux, he said, adding, "I'm not convinced they would buy it even if they say they need it."