"Microsoft Corp. is ratcheting up the rhetoric in its battle to
contain the fallout from dissatisfied customers moving to the
open-source Linux operating system.
"Earlier this month the Redmond, Wash.-based software company
launched a new advertising campaign, referred to as 'Get the
Facts,' which is designed to give customers information about the
advantages of using its Windows operating system versus Linux, its
"Building on that campaign, Orlando Ayala, the senior vice
president for Microsoft's small and midmarket solutions and partner
group, sent an e-mail to all his staff late Wednesday night,
telling them that 'there continues to be a great deal of noise in
the marketplace about the growth of Linux...'"