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CNET News.com: Microsoft rivals savor the moment

Apr 29, 2000, 17:27 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Although the wisdom of today's government proposals remains an open question, competitors that have long endured Microsoft's dominance could not help but relish the moment."

"Industry rivals responded with glee to the prospect of major punishment for Microsoft. Many of them--notably Sun Microsystems and several companies that sell the Linux operating system--have offered advice on how to deal with the situation."

"This is a happy day," said Royce Bybee, vice president of sales and marketing at Caldera Systems. The Linux seller's stock rose from $13 to $14 in after-hours trading today, buoyed by the Department of Justice's recommendation that Microsoft be split into two major parts. One part would handle Microsoft Windows, while the other half would manage Microsoft's higher-level software, such as Microsoft Office or Internet Explorer."

"Bernie Thompson, president of the newly created VistaSource subsidiary of Applix, concurred that his Linux products would face steeper competition if Microsoft Office for Linux arrived. "But I think every competitor would welcome this tradeoff, in return for a level playing field" in which companies like VistaSource could take advantage of undocumented features of Windows."

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