"Analysts are expecting slow Windows 2000 sales through the
first quarter of next year. What's going on? Are people just not
rushing to upgrade? And what's the revenue impact?"
"Windows 2000 is doing fine and could be doing better. We're
meeting our business goals at the server level. The client level
could be stronger, but it's actually meeting our plans. It's not
meeting our dreams, but it's meeting our plans...."
"What Linux efforts are underway at Microsoft? There are
persistent rumors that you are creating a Microsoft Office for
"We certainly have no plans. Linux is not catching on, on the
desktop. There are no customers. I may be from Mars, but if there's
no demand, we're not going to do the work to take Office to Linux.
It's not even an interesting question until there's demand. Linux
on the server is a different story. We might still dramatically
outsell Linux on the server. You don't see much Linux in (business)
customers. You see some Linux in Web sites and application service
providers, but it's less than the press hype. You still see a lot
of Linux in Internet service providers, in academia and in the
embedded market. We have geared up on our embedded efforts and
formed an embedded division. It's an important thrust for us and
we've started to win important embedded design wins."
[ Note: Ballmer's comments on Linux are on the second page
of this article. lt-ed. ]
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