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NY Times: Critic Sees Flaws in Microsoft's [NGWS] Strategy

Jun 19, 2000, 16:10 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Markoff)

"As Microsoft prepares to announce its Next Generation Windows Services initiative this week, an influential computer scientist is circulating a thesis that challenges William H. Gates's vision of the future."

"It sounds as if Microsoft is scared and defensive," the critic, David Gelernter, said in a telephone interview last week. "Microsoft has based its reputation on refusing to lead and always following, and once again they're behind the wave here," said Mr. Gelernter, a respected Yale University computer scientist."

"Mr. Gelernter's critique has some influential supporters, including including Danny Hillis, a computer scientist who recently left Walt Disney's Imagineering research group to form a new company, Applied Minds; David Ditzel, a computer designer who is the founder of Transmeta Inc., a Silicon Valley microprocessor company; and Rodney Brooks, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory."

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