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Linux is just one of Microsoft's headaches. The software giant is facing competitive threats in nearly every part of its business.
Microsoft's Web browser, Internet Explorer, has steadily lost market share in the last year and now holds less than 90 percent of the market, according to NetApplications.
The biggest beneficiary has been Firefox, a browser that, like Linux, was created by open-source software developers.
As with Linux, Microsoft has awakened to Firefox's challenge.
It announced this summer that it would update Internet Explorer for Windows XP instead of reserving new browser features for its upcoming operating system, Windows Vista.
The new Internet Explorer, a trial version of which has already been sent to developers, has browsing "tabs" that allow users to access multiple sites without opening new windows.
It takes the first steps toward incorporating RSS feeds, a type of syndication service for Web sites. And it includes space for a search engine in the toolbar.
In short, it does a lot of the things Firefox does, plus some added security features to protect users from phishing scams.
"Even with the gains Firefox has made amongst early adopters, 85 to 90 percent of users are still using IE, and those users are going to love what they see" in the new version, said Gary Schare, Microsoft's director of Internet platforms and security product management.
Other competitive battles Microsoft faces:
BY CRAYTON HARRISON
The Dallas Morning News