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Microsoft Watch: Hot Seat: Michael Robertson

Mar 19, 2003, 11:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

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"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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