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Sun.com: Is Bill Gates the Ginger Rogers of the computer industry?

Aug 30, 1999, 16:24 (14 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Joe Kaplenk for this link. ]

"As a visionary, Bill Gates is a pretty good dancer. He brings to mind not Fred Astaire, probably the most famous and most watched dancer of all time, but his frequent partner, Ginger Rogers."

"It has been noted that everything Astaire did, Rogers was able to do -- backwards and in high heels. That's high praise for the nimble Ms. Rogers. But for a would-be visionary, following someone else's lead -- no matter how skillfully -- simply doesn't cut it."

"Take for example Microsoft's vision for the future of computing. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, we got this summary of the software maker's strategy: 'Empower people through great software anytime, anyplace, and on any device.'"

"Sound familiar? It should. It's the same vision Sun has been expounding in executive speeches and company literature for several years."

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