“The following comments follow the flow of Mr. Ballmer’s letter.
Not surprisingly, the points made by Mr. Ballmer leverage only
those statements in its commissioned studies that reflect most
positively on Microsoft. A broader look paints a much more
objective picture, one more favorable to Linux.
In teeing up the research results, Mr. Ballmer states that ‘In each
case, the research methodology, findings and conclusions were the
sole domain of the analyst firms. This was essential: we wanted
truly independent, factual information.’ This is somewhat at odds
with what transpired. Microsoft generally specified the
configurations to be used…”