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Oct 29, 1999, 02:03 (16 Talkback[s])
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"On a day when two of Microsoft (MSFT) 's most important initiatives had setbacks, one of the company's most noteworthy executives of the decade finally called it quits. Brad Silverberg, responsible for bringing the wildly successful Windows 3.1, Windows 95, and Internet Explorer products to the consumer market, is leaving the company Friday.

The news of Silverberg's departure coincides with Microsoft's admission that the massive Windows 2000 operating system, perhaps the most ambitious software development project in history, will not reach most customers until February."

"Also, Microsoft signed a deal with e-mail outsourcer CommTouch to provide Web-based e-mail to Microsoft's MSN portal customers.'s also evidence that Microsoft's in-house e-mail technologies aren't gelling with its Web services strategy."

"The company's recent shift to make Web services a primary development concern partially vindicates the arguments Silverberg made before taking his leave of absence."

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