Microsoft is reported to have included Red Hat and Canonical in its latest SEC filing, listing them as potential threats to their future solvency. SEC filings require companies to list all potential threats and major competition as a matter of law, so nobody is caught unawares when a company suddenly succumbs to competition from a previously unknown source.
Apparently, when netbooks came out of the blue and Linux was making massive headway on them before Microsoft could get their acts together and strip down XP to the point where it’d actually work on them, it rattled the behemoth and they realized that complacency leads to areas in which they are not dominant. The fact that they had to play a dirty game of catch-up just to make up lost ground proves how vulnerable they are in the realm of early adoption. As though their original stance on the internet — as being “just a passing fad” — wasn’t proof enough.
So, now that they’re admitting Linux is a threat to them, does that mean people will start taking their overtures of friendship with a grain of salt? Distrust of Microsoft has never gotten anyone in trouble, after all. Misplaced trust, however, most assuredly has.