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Financial Times: Microsoft Reaches Middle Age

Jul 29, 2003, 20:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Waters)

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"Are Microsoft's best years already behind it? To Bill Gates and other executives, the question sounds like heresy. Software is still in its infancy and Microsoft dominates its industry in a way that few other companies could ever hope to copy...

"But even if the future for software is bright, Microsoft's long-term prosperity is far from assured. The software business is changing, and Microsoft's continued dominance is no longer a given...

"As if that were not enough, Microsoft faces its biggest competitive threat since 1995. Then, it was the unexpected rise of the internet and the emergence of Netscape Communications. This time, the threat from left field is the sudden popularity of Linux and other software products produced by the open-source movement..."

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