According to Forbes, Microsoft is singing a new tune on Linux.
“I just want the decision to be based on facts, not religion,” says Taylor [Microsoft’s top Linux strategist]. “People are saying, ‘It’s not Microsoft, so it must be great.’ Tell us what Linux does that we can’t do. Don’t tell us you’re deploying Linux just because you can.”
Microsoft need to figure out that people are deploying Linux ‘just because they can’, and that ‘It’s not Microsoft’ is becoming a major factor when choosing software.
A lot of people don’t like Microsoft the company, and never have – usually because of its illegal and anticompetitive business practices and monopolistic price inflation. They used to have no choice, but now they do, and are voting with their feet. Microsoft needs to figure this out quick, and fix it. Otherwise any technical advantage they may have isn’t going to be enough to prevent their customers walking away. As you sow, so shall you reap.