Microsoft's Jim Allchin, the topic of Linux came up:
"Q:What's your current assessment of Linux? Last time we spoke you said you were concerned. Any change?
A:I'm just as concerned. They are a very serious competitor. We think very hard about it.
Q:Can you be more specific, beyond it being a challenge? What will Microsoft do? You have China and Latin America embracing Linux quite openly.
A:There are a number of dimensions we think about. Their community is very, very good, and we're hard at work trying to follow that model. The exchange of source within a certain set of licenses, we've also learned from and we've done a lot today.
Obviously...the way (Linux) work is done--I think about it in a more componentized way. I believe in integration because I believe it makes peoples' lives simpler. On the other hand, I consider componentization to be a great attribute from an engineering perspective. Then there are things I don't want to learn from them. It's very hard to innovate when you're in a decentralized mode.
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