June 17, 2002
Ballmer: IBM, Linux and AOL on Microsoft's hit list
CRN.com has the story. Sun is fading from Microsoft's target, but Linux isn't. "Linux remains a huge factor as well, he said. The open-source code operating system remains a 'tough competitive force ... It's non-traditional, it's free and it's cheap. We have to educate people why what they pay for [our offerings] is more than offset by the value we deliver. We used to be the cheap guys. We were cheaper than Novell, cheaper than Oracle. We can't do that with this one,' Ballmer said."