[Microsoft is] going to try to enforce their licenses much more aggressively in parts of the world where that pricing is an issue, where people do have until today continued to use pirated versions of Windows. Suddenly [they will] have to consider other options, and we do see that in emerging markets in particular, Linux is taking off because people want a stable platform that is cheaper. So in that sense, yes, Linux might well benefit from the release of
Vistafrom a pricing and licensing control point of view.
Microsoft is milking the cow here, trying to squeeze out whatever juice is left in their OS business. They have come a long way from condoning, even supporting, piracy of their operating system to get market share, haven't they? Squirt, squirt.