Ballmer: No bribes

Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer says the company won't extend discounts to enterprise customers in a bid to stop them implementing Linux.

Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer says the company won’t extend discounts to enterprise customers in a bid to stop them implementing Linux.

Speaking in Sydney last week, Ballmer described Linux as a “cloned” operating system that is weak on interoperability and expensive to support. About 40 New Zealand Microsoft customers travelled to Sydney, where Ballmer was making an appearance at the company’s executive summit.

At a press conference, he was questioned on the rate of uptake by Australian enterprise customers of Microsoft’s Software Assurance licensing programme, introduced in July. He denies they’ve been slow to adopt it, saying more than 60% of the company’s 100 largest customers have signed longer-term contracts.

Ballmer launched a new Microsoft Pocket PC phone, the O2 xda, which will sell in Australia for $A1699. No date has been given for its New Zealand availability.

— Andrea Malcolm Malcom travelled to Sydney courtesy of Microsoft.

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