Martin Taylor has worn many hats in his 11-year Microsoft career, from building channel programs in Latin America and the Washington, D.C., beltway to
serving as Steve Ballmer's chief of staff. He has been a go-to guy at the Redmond, Wash., software giant, so it makes sense that he's tasked today, as
general manager of platform strategy, to run the counteroffensive against Linux, the open-source phenomenon that poses perhaps the
single biggest threat to the company since the U.S. Department of Justice. Taylor says he is taking a "facts-only" approach to
beating back the Linux onslaught, devoting an entire Web site (dubbed www.getthefacts.com) to studies and surveys comparing Windows favorably to
Linux. Can he stem the tide of developers who are flocking toward open source? Given Microsoft's might and resources behind its development community,
he probably has some sway and influence here. He talked recently with VARBusiness senior writer Carolyn A. April about the Windows/Linux competition.
April 2, 2004