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LA TImes: Microsoft Angles to Keep Software Developers Loyal

Jun 07, 2000, 05:36 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stanley Holmes)

[ Thanks to Paul Eggert for this link. ]

"Microsoft Corp. said Monday that it will spend $2 billion in the next three years to provide training and new tools to its legion of independent software developers, a move designed in part to keep them from defecting to competitors...."

"With a federal judge poised to break up the world's largest software company this week, and the Internet spawning new competitors to the Windows monopoly, Microsoft finds itself at a digital crossroads. Even its loyal developers are up for grabs, as competitors such as Sun Microsystems, IBM, Linux and Oracle are offering competing Internet programs...."

"I think Microsoft is more vulnerable than it has been in five years," said George Dunphy, a programmer for Cyberplex, a Web applications designer in Toronto, Canada. "Windows still has its huge share, but there is a real move in the developer community toward Linux and Java."

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