If Microsoft is courting Peoplesoft customers to switch to Microsoft software, surely that would mean Microsoft is moving into high end enterprise applications. But then Microsoft has lied to a federal judge earlier this year as well during a court case that had all of Silicon Valley watching.
Microsoft on 15 December sent an open e-mail to PeopleSoft customers, inviting them to consider Microsoft's ERP products as alternatives. The message mostly pitched Windows Server and the SQL database as a replacement for Unix and Oralce, but also suggested Peoplesoft customers switch to Microsoft enterprise applications altogether.
Douglas Burgum, senior vice president for Microsoft's Business Solutions Group, testified last July that his company wasn't interested in those users. When he was called as a witness in the case where the US Department of Justice (unsuccesfully) tried to block Oracle's takeover bid for Peoplesoft, he testified: "It is not true that we [Microsoft] intend to move in that space [of high-end enterprise applications]"
"Microsoft's strength as a company is in packaged software with low prices and high volume. The two are very different."
The email by sales and marketing manager Bill Veghte, one of Burgum's lieutenants however appears like a direct contraction to that testimony.
Which one of the two is lying here? Is Microsoft aiming to over promise and under deliver to Peoplesoft customers, or did the company commit perjury?
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago