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Reuters: Microsoft Chief Sees Linux Having Limited Impact

Apr 14, 1999, 15:08 (14 Talkback[s])

Microsoft takes Linux seriously, but most 'customers' will continue to prefer Windows.

"Addressing an audience of information technology professionals in Houston, Gates said there was clearly a market for free software but this was mainly confined to relatively simple applications such as word processing and spreadsheets.

"The Microsoft... chairman noted, for example, that early Internet browsers had been distributed for free (such as Microsoft's own Internet Explorer), but said that modern browsers were far more sophisticated and could no longer be developed in a noncommercial environment."

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