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NY Times: Microsoft Faces Skeptical Market With Windows 2000

Feb 14, 2000, 15:33 (5 Talkback[s])

"Microsoft's most pressing problem in the new corporate computing market is that it must convince corporate computing managers that Windows is an effective alternative to an increasingly stable and scalable opponent: Linux, the free version of Unix that has recently begun to gain adherents in corporate settings."

"Microsoft counters the free-Linux argument by saying that the price of an operating system represents only a tiny portion of the total cost of ownership for a complete computer system...."

"However, some financial analysts say that Linux's inroads will make it difficult for Microsoft to expand its 38 percent share of the corporate computer server market as rapidly as it was able to grow its Windows 95 and Windows 98 consumer markets. And slowing growth could hurt the larger Microsoft financial machine, which has operated as a growth engine for two decades."

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