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Hilf speaks about Linux through Microsoft eyes

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Director of Microsoft platform technology strategy, Bill Hilf was going to face a crowd of open source enthusiasts at the Linux World conference in Sydney next week, but pulled out. His talk, about managing Linux in a mixed environment will instead be presented by Microsoft New Zealand's chief technology officer, Brett Roberts.

Computerworld managed to grab a few minutes with Hilf, the man who runs Microsoft's Linux and open source technology group to hear the proprietary software giant's views on open source, and what the Linux lab inside Microsoft gets up to.

There has been plenty of speculation as to why you have pulled out of the conference - but what is the real reason?

I had a scheduling conflict for an internal meeting that could not be moved. Believe me, I would much rather be at LinuxWorld in Sydney.

How important is Linux and open source strategy to Microsoft?

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