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ZDNet: Berst Alert: Breakthrough Innovation from ... Microsoft?

Jun 23, 2000, 19:42 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jesse Berst)

"Dot Net," as it is called, is Microsoft's vision of the future. It's 50% inspiration and 50% manipulation. ... I don't have to tell you how Microsoft manipulated you in the past. They did it with DOS. They did it with Windows. They'll do it again with Microsoft.Net. Here's how."

"Microsoft always promises that their platform will be ready Real Soon Now. In fact, it's always months, sometimes years late. By that time, many developers are too invested to bail out. Gates said previews of Microsoft.Net will show up in 2001, but full services will not be available until at least 2002. Why pre-announce? To stake a claim and to freeze the competition, of course."

"Here's another warning. Microsoft says it will embrace standards. Sure, Microsoft will play the open-source game at the beginning. But only long enough to create their own proprietary flavors. I guarantee you when Dot Net arrives, it will run only on Microsoft clients and servers. Once you're locked in. They'll increase the toll. And start extracting monopoly profits again."

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