News Factor writes that Microsoft’s biggest threat is NOT Linux as many people had thought, but really are the older versions of Windows that many of us still use – like Office 97, which works just fine for many of us. Microsoft would like us to use Windows / Office XP (as I do).
If you are using an older version of Windows, I would consider you to CONSIDER upgrading as you may find that the newer versions of Windows (Office or the operating system) are more stable and offer more features to help you do more.
The excellent article also points out why the battle between Microsoft and Linux, when looking at the technical facts is NOT clear cut.
With no apologies to the partisans and protagonists on either side of the Linux-versus-Windows debate: It’s not an either-or, all-or-nothing proposition.
There are technical and business advantages and disadvantages for both operating-system environments. Neither server system will consume the other. Both will coexist. The big question currently confronting corporate users is whether harmonious heterogeneity is possible.
It had better be. If it is not forthcoming, everyone — corporate end users and vendors alike — stands to lose.
Here’s where things stand now: Microsoft’s Latest News about Microsoft Windows commands 65 to 70 percent of the server operating system market, while the Linux Latest News about Linux share stands at 15 to 20 percent. Currently, Linux server shipments represent the fastest-growing segment of the market. Read the full News Factor article here.