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ZDNet: Two monopolies for the price of one

Apr 27, 2000, 15:20 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"Why I really think breaking up Microsoft is a boneheaded idea--at least if it is done the way the DOJ and states are allegedly suggesting--is it won't change the competitive landscape one iota. In fact, I'd argue, it will likely kill off the few remaining rivals Microsoft has, at least on the desktop suite front."

"Think about this, though. What is the first thing a Microsoft Office company would likely do? Develop Office for Linux, Solaris, AIX/Monterey, right?"

"The sole reason that Corel's WordPerfect Office or Sun Microsystems' StarOffice have any shred of market share at all is because they run on non-Windows platforms. Corel said recently if its merger with Inprise doesn't go through, it's not sure it can continue to do business. Is this a company that will survive increased head-to-head competition with Microsoft? Sun talks up StarOffice's cross-platform capabilities as a major selling point. Would StarOffice have much of a chance of success if the office suite with 90-plus percent market share also ran on all the same Unix and Linux platforms?"

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