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E-Commerce Times: Microsoft Stirs New Dominance Fears

Jul 13, 2000, 21:28 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tim McDonald)

"On the same day that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates announced a new strategy within the so-called "Wintel" duopoly, the software giant sparked new concerns about its domination of world markets and also faced a direct challenge to its operating systems dominance in Japan."

"The renewed fears of Microsoft domination center on the company's recently revealed strategy of linking its software to the Internet. Some have accused Microsoft of trying to rule the Web with its new .NET Internet initiative, using tactics similar to those it employed with its Windows operating system and Internet Explorer browser."

"Referring to the latest concerns over Microsoft's .NET initiative, CEO Steve Ballmer told reporters, "I don't think anybody can dominate the Internet. If the question is, are we going to try to get a high percentage of all Web site developers and users to buy into that -- hallelujah. I think that's exactly what people should want us to do. And exactly what people should want our competition to do."

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