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TechWeb: Ballmer To McNealy -- It's The Software, Stupid

Oct 18, 2000, 17:38 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Barbara Darrow)

[ Thanks to Chris Keelan for this link. ]

"Two industry titans painted vastly different worldviews of the future of technology this week. Microsoft president and CEO Steve Ballmer called a contention by rival Sun Microsystems chairman and CEO Scott McNealy that software is merely a feature of hardware "the most absurd think I've heard in my life."

"On Tuesday at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo here, McNealy predicted the demise of the standalone software world, saying software is merely a feature of hardware devices, from handheld appliances to big servers. "Software is a feature, not an industry," he said."

"In speaking to conference attendees, McNealy portrayed Sun Microsoystems Inc. (stock: SUNW) as not a chip or server company, but a maker of "big freaking webtone servers," essentially black boxes whose inner workings are a mystery but that basically always work. He said the Microsoft Corp. (stock: MSFT) model of one company providing software for another company's hardware leads to incompatibility and confusion."

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