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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I would say, Microsoft has a problem because Linux simply cannot fail.

The licensing cost of Linux distibutions will always be zero, and it will become better and more user-friendly with every release.

As soon as Linux is coming pre-installed like on netbooks, a market share of 20 - 30% is currently achieveable.
With people growing up who are more and more used to free software, those numbers will rise. Microsoft can only hope to delay a large market share for Linux by hindering it's adoption by the big OEMs.

Microsoft's throwing out of XP licenses for netbooks is a clear sign that they understand what is at stake here.

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