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CRN: Feds Give Green Light To Avanade [MS-Andersen]

Mar 25, 2000, 20:34 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paula Rooney)

"Avanade, Microsoft's recently announced joint venture with Andersen Consulting, has been approved by the Federal Trade Commission and will officially open for business on April 1, a spokesman said."

"The $1 billion, Seattle-based consulting and services company, which is aimed to push e-commerce and e-business solutions using Microsoft's entire Windows 2000 fleet, was unveiled by Microsoft and Andersen Consulting on March 13."

"Industry observers speculated the government would look closely at the deal because of the power Avanade could wield to ultimately gain Microsoft a monopoly on the server side. Today, Microsoft faces competition from Unix and Linux on the server side and owns 60 percent share of the server market with NT 4.0. The U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust case against Microsoft, which is now in settlement talks, hones in on the Windows desktop, where Microsoft owns more than 95 percent market share worldwide."

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