Feeds

Microsoft competitive chief pragmatic on Linux

Blurring the lines

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Microsoft's new spirit of acceptance of Linux and open source seems to be filtering through the ranks, with its GM of competition taking a pragmatic stance.

Martin Taylor, general manager of competitive strategy, has told developers it is no-longer an "either, or" debate between Linux and Windows as customers are running both.

While that message won't come as a surprise to most, the development is interesting as Taylor has helped argue against Linux on Microsoft's behalf in recent years while driving Microsoft's "Get the facts" campaign.

In an interview on Microsoft's Channel 9 .Net bloggers service yesterday, Taylor said: "We are trying to not have such a hard big black old line that says Windows and proprietary software is here and open source software is there, but instead there are shades of grey. Our customers are going to use Windows and Linux, developers might use Java for this .Net for that. It's not so much of an either or world as the media would make it out to be," Taylor said.

During the interview, he also pointed to steps taken by Microsoft in releasing low-level Windows tool code to the community, via SourceForge.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer last month said he recognized customers needed the ability to manage both Windows and Linux using Virtual Server 2005. And last week, Microsoft's chief legal counsel, Brad Smith, was reported to have invited discussions with members of the open source community, saying both sides would "find we have a lot more in common than we realize." ®

Related stories

MS' Linux obsession time to call in the shrinks
Microsoft goes after Netware
Ballmer: Interoperability, interoperability, interoperability

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU
Cupertino stands down after Euro legal threats
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes
Fix issued, fingers pointed, forums in flames
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you
Black Screen of Death plagues early Google-mobe batch
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.