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eWeek: Microsoft fights resistance to XP; must regain embedded share, counter Linux in enterprise

Feb 12, 2001, 17:23 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

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"The Redmond, Wash., software company will preview the Windows XP software this week. As it does, Microsoft will continue a two-front battle to regain lost ground in the embedded space and contain the growing acceptance of Linux in the enterprise."

"Compounding the situation, current Windows 2000 users so far are not enthusiastic about the XP products and claim few compelling reasons exist to warrant upgrading to Windows XP or Office XP."

"While Microsoft must win over customers to its new products, it's coming under increasing pressure from Linux, which is making inroads into key business areas. Ballmer acknowledged that Linux has established its position primarily in the ISP (Internet service provider) market with Apache, computer science schools, the unusual embedded device markets and, sporadically, in other server places."

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