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eWeek: Industry reaction: Microsoft bowing to the inevitable

Jun 23, 2000, 00:40 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Roberta Holland)

"Wasting no time in reacting to Microsoft Corp.'s wide-ranging plan to turn its software into Web-based services, industry officials today said the announcement was hardly a lightning bolt of brilliance but rather an admission of where the market is headed. "It's not a breakthrough," said Steve Mills, general manager of IBM's software group solutions and strategies. "This is not some new vision of computing they uniquely thought up. It's in response to what customers want."

"What they're doing is in response to changes happening in the marketplace that many vendors, IBM included, have been taking advantage of and that they've been left out of," Mills continued. "The model for deploying IT systems has changed, and the Internet is the primary driver of that. Companies these days are not doing what they were doing in the late '80s and early '90s."

"Everyone recognizes the world is heading to a great degree to applications being delivered over wire," said Bernie Thompson, president of VistaSource Inc. in Westboro, Mass., a software company whose Java office suite is in beta right now. Thompson viewed Microsoft's grand unveiling as an attempt to freeze the market and give the company a chance to catch up."

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