"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."