MICROSOFT is taking aim at Linux by giving its partners the ammunition they need to position the Windows platform against open source offerings.
At its Australia and New Zealand partner conference on Australia’s Sunshine Coast last week, Microsoft set about debunking common myths about Linux and provided arguments partners can use with customers considering migrating to Linux platforms.
Microsoft also outlined the support it is giving partners to gain a competitive edge against Linux. Regional director Steve Vamos said in his opening address of the Coolum conference that the open source debate is no longer just a philosophical discussion and should be based on business facts.
Microsoft New Zealand partner group manager Steve Haddock says the attention being paid Linux doesn’t come about because the company sees it as an increasing threat. The intention is to counter some of the hype surrounding high-profile migrations to Linux.
Microsoft Australia platform strategy manager Paul Roworth told partners that losses to Linux were being sensationalised and that the actual cases of organisations moving from Windows to Linux are fewer than those highlighted in the media.
Van Wyk attended the Microsoft partner conference as a guest of Microsoft.