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CNET News.com: Ballmer learns from past Microsoft missteps

Sep 28, 2000, 21:41 (43 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wylie Wong, Stephen Shankland)

"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 Linux."

"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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