But the study notes that in spite of Microsofts economic advantages over J2EE/Linux for the applications studied, many organizations will still adopt Linux, as the interviewees using Linux, in general, saw migration from Unix/RISC to Linux/Intel as their best opportunity to reduce costs while retaining their investments in Unix skills. Microsofts Taylor agreed with that finding, saying that the company is dealing with a Unix migration play and will be releasing the next version of its Services for Unix product in the first half of the next calendar year. That software will provide new functionality and a similar environment for users, he said."Customers are way more interested in understanding Microsoft as a partner because of our ability to indemnify them than they have been in the past," he said. Asked why Microsoft had commissioned and paid for the report in full, Taylor said this was part of the companys plan to provide credible, third-party fact-based information, so customers could make sound business decisions. "The research showed that costs remain a big issue for customers: not just acquisition costs but also the total cost of ownership. This study understands and examines cost, benefit, risk and flexibility across medium and large organizations," he said. Discuss this in the eWeek forum.
Asked whether Microsoft is seeing renewed interest in migrating away from Unix to Windows rather than to Linux as a result of the legal action by The SCO Group, which maintains that Linux is an unauthorized derivative of Unix, to which it owns the rights, Taylor said he has been fielding more questions about indemnification than in the past.