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Microsoft trains staff in Linux and Java

140 consultants now fully equipped to 'understand the competition'

Microsoft is training around 140 of its consultants in Linux and Java, acknowledging the growing threat posed by these rival technologies.

Sources close to Microsoft indicated that the consultants, based around the world, would be given training in open source operating system and Sun's programming language, with which Microsoft's C sharp competes.

But the software giant claimed the training was about enabling consultants to understand other options that Microsoft's customers might be offered and that there was no fixed quota of consultants undergoing the programme.

"There is no defined number of people Microsoft Services will have trained in Linux and Java 2 Enterprise Edition [J2EE]," Microsoft communications manager Larry Meadows told vnunet.com.

"There are no hard and fast rules around how many consultants are trained and on what particular technologies."

News source: vnunet.com

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