ZDNet has an article on the threat Microsoft sees in Linux:
“First they cloned Unix, and there are people working on cloning some of our stuff. But it’s just a cloning OS. I don’t think anyone should expect anything innovative coming out of that world,” said Ballmer.
No, he’s right. You shouldn’t expect great leaps and bounds of innovation from the free software community. But how much innovation has Microsoft had? Steve would like you to think there is just gobs of it coming from Microsoft, but I’ve yet to see real innovation — something that shocks or surprises me — from Microsoft.
Well, there is the matter of licensing. I’ve been pretty surprised that Microsoft thought it could push the idea of a subscription license for Office to users. Was the idea innovative? Not really, but it was surprising.