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Tuesday September 24, 2002
01:51 PM

Ballmer comments

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From ZDNet:

Asked by one lateral-thinking MVP whether Microsoft planned to offer applications software on Linux, Ballmer said no. "We do not anticipate offering software on Linux. Nobody pays for software on Linux."

I was thinking about this. The one area that they ought to at least consider breaking into, I think, would be the gaming market. Microsoft makes a few games, including the very popular Age of Empires and I think most Linux users *would* pay for some Linux games. The question, of course, is whether there's enough of a market to justify the effort.

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  • I've been using Linux for years. I've paid for Distributions (Red Hat, Slackware), I've paid for applications (Applixware, VMWare, various Loki games). Linux is still searching for that Lotus 1-2-3 product that will drive desktop users into its hands. As has been noted, Linux is already a great low-mid range server platform.

    People will pay for those Linux apps deemed critical to their needs. Everyday, the Linux desktop becomes more viable. The more M$ jacks up their licensing fees, the better Linux is goin