"Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's ebullient chief executive, tomorrow
unveils the latest server operating system, Windows Server 2003, in
San Francisco, home territory to his company's Silicon Valley-based
"The product throws down the gauntlet to competitors such as Sun
Microsystems, which markets technology based on Unix, a rival
software, and Oracle, which is promoting Linux, a free operating
"Mr Veghte also says the functionality of Windows 2003 is far
beyond Linux, designed as a clone of Windows NT 4.0, a
seven-year-old product. He also claims the total cost of ownership
of Windows 2003 is less than Linux. But the release will only be
truly successful if it cannibalises Microsoft's own product:
Windows NT 4.0..."
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