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CRN: Don't Break Up Microsoft

Apr 29, 2000, 17:48 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Faletra)

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"Are we to believe that breaking Microsoft into two, with one company selling operating systems and the other selling everything else, will result in products that integrate better, cost less and prove more compelling and better for the consumer?"

"We seem to have forgotten what consumers need. They need products that integrate well together and competition that results in more options and better prices. I'm sorry, but a breakup is not guaranteed to accomplished either of those goals."

"If you think that the applications company, by bringing out a version of Microsoft Office for Linux, will immediately elevate Linux to a competitive position to Windows, ask yourself why that hasn't happened for Apple. "

"Microsoft has essentially become a public utility and we need to regulate it as such. That means oversight of licensing procedures and pricing. It means regulation of access to the operating system code and desktop. What it doesn't mean is a breakup..."

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