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Yahoo!/Forbes: This Is War

Aug 03, 2004, 23:30 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Victoria Murphy)

"Microsoft executive Martin Taylor's schedule is packed with meetings like the one in June when he met with representatives from French drugmaker Aventis in his Redmond, Wash. office. Aventis has tied together groups of computers running not Microsoft's operating system but the freely available Linux. These high-performance clusters can analyze proteins at blazing speeds. 'That's great for Linux,' Taylor said cheerily, at the time.

"That same week--by coincidence, the company says--Microsoft announced plans for a new version of Windows software to handle exactly the kind of high-performance computing Aventis had set up. Says Taylor now, 'I'll knock on their door in a few months so they can check out our stuff...'"

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