"It's easy to see why Lindows, at least in theory,
might worry Microsoft. If companies can keep running their Windows
applications and get off the Microsoft upgrade treadmill, some will
surely consider it.
Microsoft's dominance of the applications-software business
actually works to Lindows' favor, Robertson says. That's because
Lindows is focusing on just a few applications.
``You can make a case that only 10 programs really matter to a
majority of people today,'' he says. Those include Microsoft Word,
Excel, PowerPoint and other programs in the Office suite; Quicken,
America Online and just a few others. If Lindows runs those well,
it can capture some users."