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Wired: MS: Innovator or Integrator?

Jun 12, 2000, 22:14 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Oakes)

"Does the record show Microsoft as a friend of innovation or its worst enemy? From competitors to the company itself, everyone's got an opinion...."

"Gassee said he's known Gates personally for nine years, considers him smart -- and innovative -- but only when it comes to legal matters and drafting intimidating contracts with PC manufacturers. As a technology developer, Microsoft has never had the company culture that has fostered innovation at competitors like Gassee's former employer, Apple. Innovation simply hasn't been part of Microsoft's progress as a company, Gassee said."

"The result is obvious: less successful breakthroughs in the PC software marketplace. "It's pretty clear that if for the last five years customers had real operating systems and real application choices, everything would be better, faster, cleaner, more reliable, and cheaper," Gassee said."

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