Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Feb 2009 10:17 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer had some interesting things to say yesterday about which companies Microsoft sees as its competitors in the client operating system space. You'd think Apple was their number one competitor - and you'd be wrong. Microsoft sees two other competitors as their primary adversaries.
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by Darkmage on Wed 25th Feb 2009 13:33 UTC
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Apple isn't a threat to microsoft because Apple can never gain 100%. If Apple gain 100% share it'll destroy their exclusive/cool image. Microsoft already have apple in their pockets anyway since most macs are running microsoft office. Linux is far scarier to Microsoft because even if they manage to get office onto Linux machines, once Linux is in a dominant position it won't be budged off ever. You can't compete with free and high quality at the same time. Linux might eventually get dislodged by another open source kernel with say a mac like environment, but the new platform will still be open source and all the code will be cheap/free. Microsoft are scared about linux because the writing is on the wall. Ubuntu and netbooks are proving that linux is a viable desktop os and when Linux reaches critical mass eg EA pledging linux support like they did with macs, the market will surge forward. For Microsoft it means they may be left without an office or OS product to sell to anyone.

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