February 4, 2004

Microsoft's New Linux Salvo: IT Interoperability

Microsoft Corp. looks to be turning its pitch away from the total cost of ownership comparisons between Windows and open-source Linux, and is now
tackling the thorny issue of interoperability.

The Redmond, Wash., software firm on Tuesday released the findings of a Jupiter Research Consulting survey, which it commissioned and paid for, titled
"Interoperability Needs of IT Professionals."

This self-described "unbiased research study" of 800 IT decision-makers at U.S.-based companies with annual revenues of at least $10 million--who were
also awarded frequent flyer points as an incentive for taking the survey--found that Microsoft is ranked as the most interoperable vendor and
technology provider within the customers' existing IT environment.

Link: eweek.com


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