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TechWeb: Report: Microsoft Is Building New Monopolies

Apr 20, 2000, 14:16 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Mosquera)

"Microsoft is replaying previous tactics, leveraging its desktop operating system monopoly to gain dominance in the server and computer networking markets, an industry group said Wednesday."

""Microsoft recognizes the importance of the network market and is moving aggressively to control that market, much the same way it moved successfully to control the market for desktop operating systems and Internet browsers," the Computer and Communications Industry Association said in a white paper titled "Windows 2000: Blueprint for Dominance.""

"CCIA, which represents some Microsoft rivals, has been critical of the software giant throughout the antitrust trial. Sun and Oracle currently dominate the server market, where Microsoft (stock: MSFT) is making a concerted push with Windows 2000."

""The threat of Microsoft gaining server dominance by leveraging their desktop monopoly is real. By designing technological tie-ins, driving IT managers toward homogenous Windows environments, blocking competitive server operating systems through Microsoft proprietary interoperability, and requiring the installation of Windows 2000 servers to gain full use of the Windows 2000 desktop, Microsoft is replicating the tactics used to bring IE to dominance in the browser market," the report said."

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