January 23, 2004

Microsoft Pledges to Play Nicer With Linux

A kinder, gentler Microsoft has come to the LinuxWorld Expo and Conference with a pledge to bury at least some of the hatchet with the
open source community.

"We know customers want to deploy Linux and we need to provide interoperability," said Martin Taylor, Microsoft's general manager for platform
strategies. Taylor made his comments during a Q&A session on the exhibition floor at the LinuxWorld Expo Thursday.

"I hope we've priced our products fairly so customers don't have to throw Linux in our face to get a discount," he said, adding he believes the
customer's buy decision is "really not about acquisition cost."

Link: internetnews.com

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