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[News] [Rival] GNU/Linux Leads to Decline in Windows Revenue

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Linux Netbooks Impact Microsoft Sales

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| Now, for the twist: It’s no secret that multiple Linux distributions — 
| particularly Canonical’s Ubuntu and Novell’s SUSE Linux, among others — have 
| gained major momentum on Netbooks. In response, Microsoft has had to cut its 
| Windows OEM prices to make sure Windows is a major force in the Netbook 
| market.    
| 
| The VAR Guy predicted in July that Netbooks running Linux would proliferate 
| the market. It’s already happening. 
| 
| How much does Microsoft charge Netbook makers for Windows? Alas, The VAR Guy 
| must concede that he doesn’t know for sure. But clearly, given Microsoft’s 
| latest financial statements, the move to new hardware form factors coupled 
| with open source is causing the software giant some pain.   
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http://www.thevarguy.com/2008/10/24/linux-netbooks-impact-microsoft-sales/

Microsoft: Client Revs Whiff; Blame The Rise of Netbooks; Reduced Guidance
Reflects Anticipated Recession          ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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| The company notes that growth in the client division was four points short of 
| guidance.  
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http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2008/10/23/microsoft-client-revs-whiff-blame-the-rise-of-netbooks-reduced-guidance-reflects-anticipated-recession/


Recent:

Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?
|
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.
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http://www.news.com/Feeling-the-heat-at-Microsoft/2008-1012_3-6232458.html?tag=ne.fd.mnbc
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