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Seattle Times: Gates wants Net everywhere, with Microsoft right there too

Jun 23, 2000, 12:57 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Andrews)

"Promising to work with competitors as well as partners to make the Internet as pervasive and easy to use as the telephone, Microsoft yesterday unveiled a sweeping strategy that may change the company as much as it is designed to transform the Internet. The scale of the initiative is suggested in the resources Microsoft is putting behind it. The company is dedicating more than half its $4 billion research-and-development budget this year to dot-NET, Ballmer said."

"Microsoft's stewardship of such an all-encompassing system may give Justice Department regulators and competitors pause. The company's dominance of personal computers has led critics to express fear that Microsoft could some day rule the Internet. "This is Microsoft, full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes," said Chris LeTocq, an analyst with the Gartner Group. "But if the (Justice Department) doesn't look at this and say it proves their point, I'd be surprised."

"Ballmer seemed to bend over backward to address concerns. "We will run this with the same kind of openness we have run Windows," he told a gathering of about 300 media and analysts..."

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