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Smart Partner: Microsoft Is Dead; Long live its reincarnation

Dec 27, 2000, 17:33 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"...make no mistake about it; it'll also try to squeeze every cent it can from products. Its recent decision to try to force customers to upgrade to Windows 2000 Professional by taking away volume discounts for Windows 95 and 98 clearly shows that products are still important to Microsoft's bottom line."

"But isn't it interesting that instead of just hurrying Whistler, W2K's successor, out the door, MS is playing games with pricing schemes? Perhaps it's not only that the PC market is slowing down. Perhaps Microsoft also is finding that people no longer feel a need to upgrade their systems to the latest, greatest Windows. After all, at the eleventh hour, Microsoft has elected to keep going with NT certification testing. Sounds to me that W2K hasn't proven to be half the business success that Windows 95, 98 or NT were."

"...deploying .Net is as big a play as Microsoft will be making in 2001, but, at heart, it's an infrastructure play, not a product play. Microsoft also is delivering Microsoft Media Server services from, believe it or not, a Linux platform. Who ever would have thought that Microsoft would approve delivering anything off a non-Windows platform? And, despite recent ASP failures like HotOffice, Microsoft still is moving ahead with plans to deliver Office functionality as a service."

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