So now it’s okay to just make up market share numbers?
Last week Microsoft COO Kevin Turner made a shocking proclamation in this Dow Jones article:
“We launched our first product in October of this past year. from then till now, we gained 24 points of market share against a very, very formidable competitor,” Turner said.
There are at least two problems with Turner’s statement:
- Hyper-V 1.0 was released in June 2008, not October
- There is absolutely no data available to support the fictitious “24 point gain”
Microsoft is still scrambling for a convoluted explanation of this lie — I can’t wait to hear what they come up with. Please note, however, that the part about VMware being a “very, very, formidable competitor” was independently verified to be true.
Virtualization.info just published a short article on the topic and mentions some previous market share numbers — helps put things in perspective.
Between the “million Hyper-V downloads” and this new fabricated market share statement coming from the highest levels of Microsoft, it raises the question:
What else is Microsoft Virtualization making up? Customer wins? Price comparisons with VMware vSphere?
Smells like desperation to me.