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NY Times: Breakup of a Giant Is Seen Reigniting Competition in the Software Business

Apr 29, 2000, 17:01 (0 Talkback[s])
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"This will give the industry the kind of start it needs to restore competition," said James L. Barksdale, who testified against Microsoft while serving as chief executive of Netscape Communications."

"This proposal is good for Novell," said Eric Schmidt, chief executive of Novell, the San Jose, Calif., maker of networking software. "For a long time there have not been any rules about how to engage with Microsoft. This proposal gives us some rules with which we can judge whether competition is increasing and openness is preserved.""

"In Silicon Valley, some of those most pleased with the proposed breakup were venture capitalists. For a number of years... Microsoft executives would... to make annual presentations. Many venture capitalists... felt that Microsoft was in effect redlining the computer industry, telling its competitors where they had opportunities and where they would be limited by Microsoft competition."

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