Microsoft Rates the Linux Threat

By Deane Barker on July 18, 2003

Linux, Open Source Remain Thorns in Microsoft’s Side: Microsoft says Linux and open-source are its second-biggest concern.

Microsoft’s chief financial officer John Connors outlined the five largest risks and drivers to Microsoft’s business going forward. … ‘The general economic environment is risk and driver number one, Linux and non-commercial software is risk number two. Growing new billings against a large base in a tight spend environment is number three, litigation is generally a fourth risk and, finally, executing with excellence on multiple fronts is the last risk,’ he said.”