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ZDNet: Following the Microsoft Money Trail

Aug 21, 1999, 01:05 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jesse Berst)

"If you want to know where a technology company is going next, you watch its investments.

By that criteria, Microsoft no longer wants to be a PC company. It wants to be an Internet access provider."

"Let's look at the past year. During that time, virtually every Microsoft investment has been in one of these three areas: Broadband/Convergence... Wireless... Web content..."

"But don't be fooled. Microsoft doesn't really want to be in the access business. By investing in these areas it accomplishes three things: Jump starting broadband and wireless growth... Buying its way into markets... Blockading enemies... "

Complete Story (page 2 - Jesse Berst's full list of Microsoft acquisitions and investments)