Microsoft ad: Linux is a competitor worth evaluating

CNET – Front Door reports Microsoft ad campaign digs at Linux. “The software giant launches a marketing assault on Linux, in a sign that the open-source solution may be a mounting threat to its server system sales.”

The Register responds with its usual ascerbic Microsoft ad push cranks up the ‘get Linux’ volume. “Would you buy a used fact from this company?”

I think it is great for Microsoft to name names and make it clear what alternatives their customers should be considering. As a vendor, it’s only reasonable that they highlight those facts that bolster their case. While the Microsoft studies do show some advantages in some situations for their solutions, I hope this encourages customers to do their homework and consider the many other information sources out there, too.


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