"They're the builders behind every company's grand plans for Web
services. They're developers, and for Microsoft and its rivals
their loyalty is critical."
"That's why the software giant spent this week introducing its
latest and greatest programming tools to 10,000 developers in
Atlanta and trying to convince them that what they build will
transform business. But Microsoft faces stiff competition from the
Java programming language and also from the growing popularity of
Linux and other open source software...."
"As for competition with Linux, [Bill] Holmes [systems
integration manager at Cornell University's computer science
department who attended Microsoft's TechEd conference in Atlanta],
said he thinks both systems have their place. 'Microsoft is also
doing a version of open source with its early adopter program,' he
said. 'It has changed the way it deals with some people because of