"Just as the government is recommending splitting Microsoft into
two companies, the software maker is set to unveil its new strategy
for Web-based services, which may tie the company's applications
and operating systems businesses closer than ever before."
"On June 1, at the Forum 2000 event at its Redmond, Wash.
headquarters, Microsoft president Steve Ballmer will unveil the
Next Generation of Windows Services (NGWS). The presumed
companywide initiative is seen as Microsoft's defense against a
series of attacks from Web-based rivals, applications, and upcoming
operating systems like Linux and the Palm operating
"NGWS will attempt to address the preponderance of new devices
capable of accessing the Internet, wireless appliances, and new
Web-based Internet services, analysts say, while at the same time
preserving Microsoft's Windows market share. ... One potential kink
in Microsoft's grand plan: the U.S. government's proposal to break
up the company. If Microsoft is split into an operating system
provider and applications company, Next Generation of Windows
Services may never get off the ground..."
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