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ZD Anchordesk: Could McNealy's Gates' Envy Kill Sun?

Aug 24, 1999, 14:01 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jesse Berst)

[ Thanks to Brian Keay for this link. ]

"If you look to the future, McNealy's latest move looks dumber still. Sure, desktop computers will sell in the millions for many years. But the future is in small devices. Information appliances. Handheld computers. Set-top boxes."

"We don't need big fat office suites for those. Sun should focus on developing great apps for its lightweight Java OS to run on the small devices of the future. McNealy's desktop strategy is about as smart as General Motors buying a buggy whip manufacturer to compete with Henry Ford. Or an online publisher buying a printing press to increase circulation."

"Why would McNealy contemplate anything so dumb? Simple. He's got the world's biggest case of Bill envy. Watch him give a speech; he can't resist any chance to make a dig at Microsoft. (I've got a link in the sidebar if you want to see for yourself.) He does it every time; he cannot speak in public without a virulent, vituperative, venomous spew of anti-Microsoft rhetoric."

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