It's Not ALL About LinuxBy Channel Insider Staff | Posted 2004-01-15 Email Print
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Let's be real. Not every move Microsoft makes is dictated by its worries over open source.There's no denying that Microsoft is worried about Linux and justifiably so. But, contrary to prevailing "wisdom," this fear is not dictating Microsoft's every move.
Wait! Before you burn me in effigy atop a pyre of flaming "Linux for Dummies" books, hear me out.
I am discounting neither the value of Linux, nor the huge impact it has had on Microsoft and its customers. Microsoft watches Linux like a hawk and has folks on the Windows Server team who are dedicated to following every open-source twist and turn. And I, for one, am ecstatic that Redmond has some real competition, thanks to Linux and its backers.
Nonetheless, it's become chic to use Linux as the yardstick for every move Microsoft makes. But to do so is to gloss over Microsoft's real motivations.
Here are three examples of what I'm talking about:
Sorry, Sun. Not in your wildest dreams. Microsoft decided to add a measly two years of "extended" (read "paid") support for Windows 98 and ME because its users weren't ready to upgrade yet.
I know some industry watchers are claiming that Microsoft extended Windows 98 and Windows ME's life support because of THE LINUX THREAT. But I don't buy it. It doesn't make sense. These users are adverse to change. They are sticking with what works. They aren't ready to jump to a whole new platform, where their apps may no longer run at all.