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Reuters: Plugged-In: Microsoft makes Silicon Valley friends

Mar 29, 1999, 19:11 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrea Orr)

"In a place where people speak with fervor about freeing the world from the grip of Bill Gates, where crowds erupt into applause when a Windows system crashes at a product demo, it has not always been easy to find a lot of good will toward Microsoft."

"Now, there are some signs that attitudes are lightening up here in Silicon Valley, the home base of some of Microsoft's biggest competitors and the breeding ground for many more."

"There has been a very significant change over the last 12 months." says Jim Breyer of Accel Partners, one of the local venture capital firms that provide funding and guidance to young start-up companies. "Microsoft has very effectively partnered with a lot of young companies."

"This is the place where things are happening," said Larry Augustin, president of VA Research Inc., a startup that makes personal computers and workstations that run on the Linux operating system, a free alternative to Microsoft's Windows system. "Microsoft is saying maybe they need to be driving more innovation," he said."

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