How Microsoft is ‘handling’ the open source threat


Martin Taylor, global general manager of platform strategy at Microsoft, talks to vnunet.com about how the company is handling the open source threat:

“I’ve hired quite a few people from the Linux open source world to run a research and development centre…we bring consultants from the Linux open source space to help us build solutions. We’ve got every Linux distro running; about 120 servers all with varying degrees of open source stacks on them.

What we do there is help our product groups have line-of-sight when they need to know things about Linux.”

Also, see an in depth presentation by Martin Taylor on Microsoft Platform Competative Strategy, includes audio webcast.


Comments (3)

  1. Rev says:

    So you’re saying they’re basically studying and copying the superior product then.

    Rev

  2. Ross says:

    I am wondering why they are working for Microsoft if they truly are from the Open Source world.

  3. KJ says:

    "So you’re saying they’re basically studying and copying the superior product then."

    LOL, Have you seen all the Linux Desktop, Email apps, etc..?

    Not exactly original designs. Seems to me they are trying to mimic windows as much as possible.