June 30, 2004

In Europe, Microsoft aims to mute open-source 'noise.'

Exec pooh-poohs "emotional debate" and says defections to Linux are limited to just a few high-profile cases.

Microsoft has dismissed high-profile European government defections to open source, but acknowledged that Europe will be a key battleground between Windows and Linux.

Speaking to Silicon.com at the TechEd 2004 conference in Amsterdam this week, Microsoft's European general manager, Philippe Dumont, said there are cultural reasons for some governments wanting to limit dependency on U.S.-based multinationals.

Link: CNET News.com

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