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Upside: Future Without Windows

Jan 19, 2000, 15:43 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Tate)

"The end-user has not asked for such integration and will not find it compelling. What the end-user has asked for is simple computers that do not crash, that can browse the Web, read e-mail, process words, play MP3s. Computers that are easy to use and can interoperate. Once Linux's graphical user interface matures and stabilizes, it will become exponentially more attractive to users. If Microsoft is smart, it will have Linux-enabled copies of Office on hand to sell -- after all, Microsoft has always realized substantially greater profits from sales of applications than from sales of Windows."

"Which leads one to question why the company cares so much about the OS market in the first place, and why it sees Linux as competition. Could it be that it wants to use its control of the OS to win control of the all desktop software and, now, Web applications?"

"In the end, though, it doesn't matter what Microsoft's strategy is or whether it's anticompetitive -- if the company continues to cling to its brand name operating system instead of conceding that such software is so boring and so common that it will inevitably become invisible, the only loser will be its shareholders."

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