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The Standard: Microsoft Everywhere

May 26, 2000, 06:22 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jimmy Guterman)

"While new VP of corporate and industry initiatives Linda Stone explains to the world how Microsoft (MSFT) is nice and sweet (it's no accident she comes from the company's Virtual Worlds team), the Redmond Giant continues to seek world domination on a variety of fronts, with mixed results."

"Today the company releases yet another version of its MSN online service. This time it's an integrated Web-media-email client, intended for less sophisticated Netizens. ZDNet positioned the new MSN as a harbinger of the company's Next Generation Windows Services to be debuted in June, while a Bloomberg report mostly listed features but noted that MSN is 20 million customers behind AOL."

"Perhaps by the time the new products appear, existing handheld and security issues will be resolved. With its new Windows CE devices, Microsoft has been trying to do to Palm what it did to Lotus, Stac, Netscape ... you get the idea. But Hewlett-Packard (HWP) had to admit yesterday that its new Pocket PC devices display roughly 61,000 fewer colors than ads promise. Security? The Wall Street Journal published a withering piece chronicling various shortcomings in Microsoft products and how slowly Microsoft is responding to these issues. By the end of the piece, reporter Lee Gomes sounds like a prosecutor."

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