Sun dangles discounts for Microsoft techs | CNET News.com "Touting its computers' new Windows compatibility, Sun Microsystems on Wednesday began offering discounts to Microsoft technology experts for machines that use Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron chip.
Under the three-month program, Microsoft certified systems engineers (MSCEs) and Microsoft certified professionals (MCPs) can receive discounts of up to 35 percent on some Windows-certified Opteron servers and workstations, the company said. Those experts also are eligible for a half-price version of Sun's Java Creator developer tool for Windows.
"We want people running Microsoft to take advantage of us," said John Fowler, executive vice president of Sun's Network Systems Group, speaking to reporters at a meeting here. The promotion doesn't require purchasers to use Windows on the systems, which also can run Linux and Sun's version of Unix, called Solaris."
Another subtle strategy shift from Sun -- and a sensible one.