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osOpinion: Software Giant Takes Aim at Freebie Penguin

Nov 14, 2001, 03:09 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kelly McNeill)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"A much bigger threat to Microsoft than Linux is market stagnation. Holding 90 percent market share means that you have to look to other markets for customers (Xbox, keyboards, mice, Pocket PC). Another option is to try to sell your product yet again to the same people (read: XP) -- or to change to a rental structure (insert .NET here).

Microsoft should be spending its billions generating new demand, not trying to take its 90 percent market share to 92.5 percent.

Where are the golden oldies, like voice recognition, speech synthesis, handwriting recognition, not to mention all the crazy stuff that no one has dreamed up yet? Where are the VR interfaces, massive dataset visualisers, database filesystems, all built to smash the average PC user's machine into whimpering shards and only run on XP?"

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