European governments are becoming more and more discouraged by the American giant Microsoft and are looking for an alternative to improve their role in the software industry. Many consider Linux as having the best chance to improve that role because of its European base. A number of large cities in Europe have already begun to switch to Linux. In an article written in Business Week, the author writes that Microsoft has launched an offensive to keep European governments from switching to the Linux operating system by discounting up to 35% to stay with Windows. Mircosoft has set up a website which contains statements from customers and problems that have been found in the Linux operating system. One problem that many companies are facing in deciding whether to switch to Linux is the cost to train their employees on the new system, and many notice the savings by sticking with Microsoft.
The fact the European governments want an increased role in the software industry is understandable. They see the American-base company as a monopoly and want a share of it. Microsoft shows that it will do what it takes to maintain its dominant position by discounting and continuing to be the leader in the innovation.