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SearchWindowsManageability.com: Microsoft: It's Time to Deal with Linux, Not Deny It

Jul 18, 2002, 22:00 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Margie Semilof)

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"Peter Houston, senior director of the Windows platform, is a six-year Microsoft veteran and server strategist who keeps an eye on how customers are using their servers, regardless of their choice of platform. He then helps them set a corporate server strategy. The time has come, he says, for Microsoft to stop taking swipes at the Linux community and offer up a pragmatic business defense.

"By taking a less combative stance against Linux, does this mean that Microsoft acknowledges that networks won't be 'all Microsoft'? Could Microsoft be embracing Linux?

"Peter Houston: We certainly don't want to be viewed as putting up barriers in the Linux community. Microsoft is still going to invest in delivering Microsoft extensions of the platform. We don't see doing Linux versions of things. But with the work we've done around open protocols, on XML protocols and with SOAP, there has been a huge focus on keeping open at the interface and Web services layer. Behind that is the implementation, and we want to compete on implementation. You can't differentiate your offering at the protocol level. What's behind that--the management infrastructure, security, execution, transaction processing--there's where you've got to be better..."

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