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E-Commerce Times: Message to Microsoft: Just Do It

May 31, 2000, 04:55 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Things are likely to get worse for Microsoft as dark clouds continue to gather over the courtroom. On the other hand, if the software titan were to take its medicine and put the case to rest tomorrow -- even with a tough breakup written on the prescription pad -- then the company could get back to its real business, which as Bill Gates likes to say so often, is innovation."

"I don't see a breakup taking down Microsoft. Slowing it down, maybe, but some of the wind has already been taken out of its sails. Even though Microsoft is a monopoly, the company does not totally dominate the computer market -- as evidenced by a nibble here and there from Linux, and the giant's uphill battle against Palm Pilot in the handheld market arena, to mention a couple of examples."

"So what should Microsoft do? Drop the appeal. Swallow hard and agree to work out a suitable plan for breaking up the empire. Clearly, Gates does not want to see the house he built dismantled, and therefore, Microsoft will probably take the long road. ... Microsoft can certainly afford the appeal, but until the case is resolved, investors will continue to jump ship, employees will search for greener pastures, and consumers may opt to buy alternatives to software developed by a company with a cloudy future."

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