"This week, the 'Open Source for National and Local eGovernment
Programs' confab hits Washington, D.C. While Robertson isn't slated
to present, Microsoft is--on its shared source initiative. What
concerns Microsoft so about Linux? What should the Redmond
juggernaut be worrying about? Microsoft Watch queried Robertson on
these very topics.
"MS WATCH: Microsoft owns 90+ percent of the
desktop Windows and Windows-based office suite markets. They have
cornered these markets through OEM and volume licensing deals. What
real hope is there for you to penetrate here?
"Robertson: It's a question of economics,
namely LindowsOS offers much greater economics. Thanks to
StarOffice, we can offer file-level compatibility with .doc, .xls
and .ppt files for one-fourth or less of the price for Microsoft
Office. In a time when people are carefully watching their
spending, that type of savings is a real boon and matters to the
majority of people..."
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