Microsoft to Linux: ‘Bring it on’

“The increasing popularity of open source on the desktop will drive Microsoft to create better products in response, the software giant said Wednesday.
Bradley Tipp, Microsoft’s national system engineer, told the LinuxUser & Developer Expo in London that competition is good for the whole software industry and will lead to better products emerging from Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft.
“The thing I like is that Microsoft does its best work and is most innovative when it has competition, so bring it on,” Tipp said.
Tipp’s comments were the flipside to the view expressed Tuesday by Matt Asay, director of Linux business at Novell, when he asserted that the lack of alternative desktop operating systems had given Microsoft little incentive to improve its software range.
Tipp appeared as part of a debate at the conference, where a number of players in the open-source scene, including Asay, gave their view on the future of Linux on the desktop.
Asay told the event that Linux’s penetration into the desktop market will mirror the progress it made in the server space three or four years ago.
“There’s probably not real competition on the desktop today,” said Asay. “In a year or two years, we’ll see frantic competition.”

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