Microsoft's Linux Best Buy is great news
Does it surprise anyone that Microsoft is allegedly helping to train BestBuy employees to sell Windows 7 against Linux?
A post on the overclock.net forum this week made by a self-described BestBuy employee includes a PowerPoint deck to help the retailer differentiate against Linux.
It means that Microsoft takes the threat from Linux ON THE DESKTOP (BestBuy isn't really in the server biz is it?) very seriously. Microsoft has gone through the time and expense to educate its retail partners about the differences between operating systems which means that the question must be coming up.
Consumers must be asking about Linux. Why else would Microsoft bother to spend the resources to differentiate their products? If Microsoft was truly the only choice available for consumer desktops there would be no need to say why they are better than Linux.
That said can you actually buy Linux at BestBuy?