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MSNBC: A brave new post-Microsoft world?

Apr 29, 2000, 19:08 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin Wolk)

"I don't expect the world to change overnight, but over time, in return for some possible greater complexity, consumers should see greater choices and lower prices," said Gene Kimmelman, co-director of the Washington office of Consumers Union."

"Consumers walking into their local electronics superstore might be more likely to see PCs loaded with the Linux system rather than Windows and slightly less likely to see Microsoft Office applications preloaded onto their systems. Computer makers would be free to offer Windows in a variety of configurations -- with or without Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser and other features considered not essential to core functionality."

"There's no reason to believe the consumer can't handle that," said Mark Cooper, research director of the Consumer Federation of America. "What we'll get is packages of features, just like TVs and VCRs. "It should not matter to the consumer what the operating system is. The machines will become more consumer-friendly and they will have to respond to the need to simplify."

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