Sep 8, 2009
Microsoft teaches Best Buy employees how to troll Linux users
Recently, Microsoft named the Linux distributors Red Hat and Canonical as competitors to its Windows client business in its annual filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The move is an acknowledgment of the first viable competition from Linux to Microsoft's Windows client business, due mainly to the use of Linux on netbooks, which are rising in prominence as alternatives to full-sized notebooks.
I'm sure everyone agrees that this acknowledgment is a good thing. Microsoft seeing Linux as a serious competitor, means that Linux is moving forward, becoming more mainstream and that we're stealing market share from the big boy. But the latest PR material from Microsoft does not fall under this category. The goal is to teach Best Buy employees that Windows 7 beats Linux in every category imaginable. Microsoft can do this because they are a huge influential company with a massive market share.
The fact that Microsoft finds this type of "training material" necessary is again kind of an acknowledgment, but the majority of the statements are, to say the least, inaccurate. Reading the text on the slides for this presentation really made me feel like they are hitting us below the waist. Enjoy...