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Forbes: Split Up Or Not, Microsoft Has Lost Its Luster

Jun 09, 2000, 14:28 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Einstein)

"...even if Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT) were to succeed in getting Jackson's final decree overturned, it faces a clouded future. Market forces are leveling the playing field in the software industry and in the process reducing the dominance of Windows. When the landmark antitrust trial began in the fall of 1998, Linux was a novelty, the PalmPilot was just starting to assert itself and nobody was trading stocks while driving to work."

"Today, Microsoft is scrambling to find its place in a connected world. Meanwhile, companies like Sun Microsystems (nasdaq: SUNW) and Oracle (nasdaq: ORCL), both longtime rivals of Microsoft, are taking to the new water like fishes."

"Microsoft has been badly damaged by a year and a half under the legal spotlight. Its intimidating tactics have been exposed, and competitors who once would rather have cut out their tongues than rat on Bill Gates have been eager to tell their stories about how the evil empire forced them to use Internet Explorer and to snub Netscape."

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