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Computerworld: Microsoft won't be split up, Gates says

Mar 26, 1999, 23:07 (11 Talkback[s])

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"MIAMI -- One possible outcome of the U.S. government's antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. could be an order to split up the software vendor into smaller companies, observers have noted recently. But don't tell that to Microsoft Chairman and CEO Bill Gates."

"That kind of speculation is really inappropriate because the government has never stated any interest in anything of that kind," Gates said during a press conference today at the company's Latin America Enterprise Solutions Conference '99 here."

""You can speculate about what might happen, but not about any type of breakup. It's not on the radar screen. It's not something that anybody is suggesting," Gates added."

"Later, during a keynote address at the event here, Gates also downplayed the recent surge in popularity of the open-source Linux operating system, which some observers consider a potential threat to Microsoft's Windows NT platform. Gates said that there are different versions of Linux, a situation that he said yields compatibility problems. He also said that Linux's development has lacked a central organizing entity, which has prevented the operating system from being as reliable as Windows."

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