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ZDNet: Microsoft Picks New Fight with Linux, IBM

Feb 04, 2004, 15:15 (30 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft is moving to a new phase in its competitive attack, arguing that the company is better than IBM and Linux when it comes to connecting different applications. The Redmond, Wash.-based software colossus had been contending, through a series of Microsoft-funded studies and 'Get the Facts' advertisements, that Microsoft products have a lower 'total cost of ownership' than Linux and other open-source software. Now Microsoft is trying to move the debate to the challenge of interoperability.

"Where the first target of the Get the Facts attack was Linux, the interoperability phase also puts IBM in the crosshairs. In an interview Tuesday, Martin Taylor, Microsoft's general manager for platform strategies, said he was happy to see Microsoft ahead of IBM among information technology buyers in a Jupiter Research study funded by Microsoft..."

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