"3: Microsoft Linux
Yes, I am advocating a Microsoft Linux. Why? If Microsoft put its
weight behind a Linux distribution, there is no way the enterprise
could deny its validity and value. The general public considers
anything produced by Microsoft to be synonymous with computing. If
Microsoft created its own Linux, then Linux would become a
household name. Hardware companies would start creating drivers,
and quite possibly, vendors would start pre-installing Linux in
"How is this a win-win situation? Microsoft would be able to
SELL its version of Linux. It probably couldn't get the same dollar
value it gets out of Windows, but it would get some. And by selling
the operating system, Microsoft would be selling support for said
operating system. Win-win.
This is where Microsoft could seriously capitalize on Linux. If
Microsoft really wanted to help both itself and Linux, it would
port its applications to Linux. This would bolster Microsoft sales
(all those Linux users would be prompted to purchase Microsoft
software), and it would bolster Linux because more people would
have final hurdles to adoption removed. If Office, Outlook,
Publisher, Money, etc., were ported to Linux, then Linux adoption
would soar! And all those copies of Microsoft software aren't given
away for free. That’s revenue for Microsoft."
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