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SF Gate: Talking Computers: Microsoft's Long-Range Plan to Thwart the Feds

Jun 07, 2000, 16:00 (40 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hal Plotkin)

[ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"A speech-driven Windows operating system would not only preserve Microsoft's monopoly over desktop operating environments into the foreseeable future, it would also erase the viability of Linux as a competitive operating system much the way graphical user interfaces such as the Mac OS and Windows eclipsed previous, more cumbersome text-based operating systems such as DOS and CP/M."

"All of this has not escaped the attention of the open source community, which brought Linux to the fore. Unfortunately, the Linux types are, for the most part, much more focused these days on other less technically advanced areas, such as trying to port current text and graphics based applications to Linux, developing substitutes for those applications, or chasing the holy grail of open source enabled online commerce. There's a small group working on turning Linux into a voice-activated OS but, by their own admission, traffic on their site remains insignificant."

"The government's entire case against the company revolves around Microsoft's practice of using the leverage of its OS to dominate other markets. Microsoft is all but certain to use voice recognition technology to do the same thing, either by developing it more fully in-house or by finding it someplace else. And that means virtually everything going on in Washington right now vis-à-vis the Microsoft case might in the end turn out to be just a sideshow."

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