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Microsoft COO Lashes Out At Linux, Google

Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner had some strong words for Google and Linux vendors looking to stomp on the software dynasty.

"We're not going to let Google win in the enterprise space. That's our house, our market space," said the 40-year-old Turner, the former Wal-Mart CIO whose tough talk elicited cheers from hundreds of Microsoft partners gathered for the closing keynote at Microsoft's partner conference Thursday in Boston.

"Then we've got Novell, Linux, Red Hat and other competitors. We're going after IBM and Google," Turner said. "We're going to win because we have a better solution, better total cost of ownership. We're going to get at the competition."

Appointed head of Microsoft's worldwide sales, marketing and services organization last August, Turner leads an organization with more than 32,000 employees that generated $40 billion in revenue during fiscal 2005.

On stage at the partner conference, the boisterous, passionate COO told partners he was steered to the information technology business by his then mentor, Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, during the 1980s. Turner started his career at Wal-Mart Stores as a cashier and by the end of his 20-year tenure at the retailer was running its $37 billion subsidiary Sam's Club as CEO.

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