"Office is enormous and Windows in enormous and their respective
market shares are enormous. The Street would pay you some pretty
good multiples for that kind of market share," McAdams
"Splintering off applications from the operating system
would allow both units to tap new markets neither dared to explore
before, such as writing software for the upstart Linux
"Long-term, I think it would open them up to growth they
currently cannot experience," said Rob Enderle, an analyst with
Giga Information Group, a technology research firm."
"The platform unit and the applications unit are sort of capped
by each other. The applications can't move to other platforms for
fear of cannibalizing Windows and neither one of them view the
emerging markets as being of potential."
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