Ballmer Memo Cites Linux Threat
Microsoft officials on Wednesday again expressed concerns about the threat Linux and open-source software poses to the company's business.Microsoft Corp. officials on Wednesday again expressed concerns about the threat Linux and open-source software poses to the companys business. In an annual letter sent to all Microsoft employees by CEO Steve Ballmer following the companys annual retreat for senior managers, Ballmer said that while most non-commercial software products present challenges to the firm, Linux in particular poses a competitive challenge to both Microsoft and the rest of the industry. "There is always enthusiasm in our business for new concepts. So-called free software is the latest new thing. We will rise to this challenge, and we will compete in a fair and responsible manner that puts our customers first. We will show that our approach offers better value, better security and better opportunity In the event of needed enhancements or fixes, the Linux development community, no matter how well intentioned, simply cannot advance Linux the way we canand mustinnovate in Windows," Ballmer said.
Ballmers comments follow last weeks news that the German city of Munich decided to dump Windows and move to Linux and other open-source software, despite the intervention of Ballmer, who interrupted his ski vacation in Switzerland to personally call on Munichs mayor.