Microsoft Is Looking for a Linux and Open Office Compete Lead

Is Microsoft already hot in their pants about Linux and Open Office? A recent job posting does not suggest otherwise. According to a job posting on Microsoft careers, they are looking for a Marketing lead who will focus on one of the biggest issues that is top of mind for KT and Steve B in Compete.


Linux, Mac and other OSS have always had a very small share when compared to the giant share Microsoft has had in both operating systems and Office software.

However, this posting definitely means that Steve B himself is having some nightmares about both Linux and Open Office. Some of the job requirements posted on this listing are pretty clear about that fact.

The Commercial Software Initiative (CSI) owns three core objectives for the Area (and Subsidiaries) as follows:

1. Drive compete Strategy. The CSI Lead is responsible for providing a 360 degree view of the US compete environment (directly to the Compete lead and BMO) and ensuring plans are in place to help drive healthy, balanced, and sustained growth. Ability to win share and ensure growth faster than the market (Servers, IW, Web, HPC)

2. Be a Perception Change Agent. The CSI Lead needs to drive perception across a number of key audiences (IT Pros, Government Elites, BDMs, IT Journalists, etc.) Ability to implement programmatic marketing that will CHANGE THE WAY PEOPLE think about Microsoft, specifically those with a hostile’ or negative perception of the Microsoft platform.

3. Build Compete Muscle‘ in the US. The CSI Lead owns ensuring that the region and subs are fully ready to compete against Linux and participate with Open Source Communities. This includes everything from training to being the subject matter expertise, where needed. Ability to diagnose and share problem, find root causes and pull together a team that will PLAN / DO / CHECK / ACT in the right direction.

And there is more key notes for this opening:

• You will educate our field and partners to compete and win. Work with EPG and other field organizations to profile Linux in key accounts. Drive Linux and UNIX compete content.
• Support competitive sales situations where Linux is a key competitor to help drive marquee wins and grow your US evidence. Work with your account teams and develop growth plans.
• Start a productive and positive culture of Loss Reviews’ Look at the competitive pipeline regularly to see where Linux Server and OpenOffice challenges arise.

What do you think? By the way, if you a candidate for this job, you can visit this page on Microsoft Careers to apply for the position.

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  • Indian Art

    I love OpenOffice and use it extensively. I have told so many of my friends and relatives about how good it is & unlike Microsoft Office its FREE.

    I can not understand why the Government, businesses and schools don't use it more.

    Oh, the price / tax one pays for ignorance and resistance to change!

    • mycomputer

      Me thinks the reason schools and governments don’t use Open-office may have something to do with Bill Gates trying to become a white house lap do lately. I can see a future of only MS and what MS wants to charge, if not by compete than by law. listen to the politics divide rich from poor regulating to conform than buying out . (GM)

  • that is so much like Microsoft!

  • It's like the sequel to the 2001 movie "Antitrust"

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  • Well, I guess that 'compete' is rather more healthy than 'undermine with FUD' or 'hang onto to market share by dissing the competition'.

    OpenOffice on Linux is slightly the poorer relation to OOo on Windows, so maybe this will sharpen up the OOo on Linux offerings. Having said that, OOo is very, very, good and free as well. How are they going to compete with that?