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InformationWeek: A Better Way To Break Up Microsoft

Jan 18, 2000, 16:01 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clayton M. Christensen)

"The Monolithic Integration Of Microsoft Windows And Internet Explorer Is Being Supplanted By Modular Technologies Such As Java And Linux...."

"Because this growth is in new applications, Microsoft is still prosperous and powerful, just as Digital's years of greatest prosperity were when the use of PCs was limited to new applications. The open-source Linux operating system, which is cutting into the market share of Unix and Windows NT for high-end systems, is similarly disruptive...."

"What does this mean for Microsoft? Java and Linux are well-suited for use on the Internet because they create clean, modular interfaces between hardware and software components. Such modularity could obviate the need for computer operating systems as we know them."

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