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PC World: Why Microsoft Might Not Drag Its Feet

May 17, 2000, 01:41 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Frank Hayes)

"...Microsoft's strategy is to win on appeal--but delay that appeal as long as possible. Delaying is standard legal practice. It's probably good legal strategy. But three things make it a very, very risky business strategy for Microsoft."

"Sinking Stocks... If big investors bail on Microsoft, the price will fall even more. And that capital will flow to Microsoft's rivals, old and new--big enemies like IBM, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle and small start-ups that could carve the ground from beneath Microsoft's feet."

"Microsoft gives lip service to the idea that any competitor might topple it at any time. That's hogwash--but with dozens of competitors attacking successfully on a dozen fronts, while Microsoft's top strategic brains are doing lawsuit damage control, Microsoft is at risk."

"Linux carves into NT's turf. Palm dominates in handhelds. America Online stomps all over Microsoft in instant messaging. Microsoft can't get a foothold in business-to-business exchanges or high-end enterprise software. Every day Microsoft is distracted by the antitrust case is running room for all those competitors, and they know it. They don't have to catch Microsoft--just outrun it."

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