what they have told you is 100% true, but they haven't told you 100% of the truth. Subtle but important difference.

I still maintain that this is the defining principle of statistics and marketting etc. The facts will not be fudged, but only the "good" facts will be promoted. Things will be rephrased to prove a point, tests will be designed to achieve a favourable outcome. This is the nature of statistics.

The beauty of it is that they are not lying, you cannot accuse them of making stuff up because it is all factual. You cannot argue with fact.

I bet you any money you could employ a statitian to take all the evedence that was used for this report, and re-analyse it to be 100% pro-linux. Same facts same, data, but a completely different conclusion. Neither would be any more valid than the other.

Consider that my maths teacher was able to do this sort of thing - every year she would "prove" that the maths results were getting better and better than the previous years. Each time by analysing data in a different way.

Microsoft can afford expensive statitians. They can probably find facts to prove any point they want (they could possibly prove the bill gates is <b>not</b> the antichrist if they really tried, although I doubt anyone would believe <i>that</i>)

Always view statistics with skeptisism, no matter what the source.