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ZDNet Australia: Ballmer: Microsoft and Telstra Will Remain in Bed Together

Oct 17, 2002, 17:00 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Pearce)

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"Microsoft's chief executive officer, Steve Ballmer, has defended the company's relationship with Telstra, dismissing reports the two companies were approaching a split...

"The industry has been awash with rumours that Telstra is considering dumping its Windows platform and switching to an open-source alternative. When Ballmer was asked whether Microsoft would offer a discount to Telstra to encourage it to continue to use Windows, he said it would not, before launching an attack on open-source software Lindows and Star Office.

"'I'd start with the fundamental value we offer, which I think is pretty good,' said Ballmer. 'I'd start with the value of the offer…Star Office runs on Linux, and Linux is very, very, very expensive for customers to take care of...'"

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