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Microsoft and EMC renew their vows
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| Q: Who do each of you see as your biggest competitor today in the corporate
| technology world?
| Ballmer: I think if you look on the enterprise side today, there's two
| primary forces. I would say certainly Oracle is on the list of primary
| competition and then primarily Linux-based alternatives.
| Now, IBM shows up for sure. In certain spots we overlap with Cisco. Google is
| starting to show up a little bit. But certainly Oracle is a primary
| competitor as is Linux. But Linux as sponsored by IBM, but it's Linux more
| than it is any IBM product. That's the big competitive dynamic for us in the
| Ballmer: And the partnership makes us stronger versus our Linux-based
| alternatives on the desktop. Part of the way we compete with open source
| desktop stuff is by having stronger total value-add. We can't beat Linux on
| initial price. So, the notion of being able to go and say, here's a solution
| that you can really use to do fantastic security, fantastic data loss
| prevention from the client through the back-end, that's a powerful part of
| our proposition. And that's an example of how you get these things to
Look how afraid of GNU/Linux Microsoft is.
Microsoft is now using EMC to hijack VMware from the inside.
Feeling the heat at Microsoft
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| 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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