Network Computing is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Ballmer Talks Linux, Security, SaaS

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Wednesday pegged three key areas of focus for Microsoft this year: competing with Linux in the high-end server market, software as a service (SaaS) and Internet advertising.

Speaking at Santa Clara, Calif., event hosted by two Silicon Valley groups, Churchill Club and Commonwealth Club, Ballmer said Microsoft may not be reporting 20 percent growth like the old days but the company has an innovation agenda that "qualifies us as a growth company."

"The greatest competitive threat we face is our own ability to either embrace or compete with alternative business models," Ballmer said.

In the case of open source, Ballmer said Microsoft has made a decision to stick with a more traditional corporate business model vs. going the open source route. He said Linux has been outselling Microsoft in areas such as file services, e-mail security and e-science, and that demonstrates that the Redmond, Wash., software marker needs to innovate.

"We need to have a better high-performance cluster technology that Linux does," he said. "We are hard at work at it. You take a look at what is going on in security appliances, we need better technology. So there are two or three areas where Linux has really developed a position."

  • 1