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The Register: Andy Hertzfeld Part II - Microsoft, Aqua and greed

Aug 21, 2000, 14:36 (0 Talkback[s])
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"...now that Microsoft was facing a shift towards a services revenue model, one that Eazel itself is relying on, we wondered how did he think it would be able to manage the transition without losing a significant chunk of revenue? It ought at least to survive, he reckons. "If you look at every technical dislocation Microsoft has faced so far, it's made them stronger" he says. "Don't expect them to disappoint." But he thinks their lock on the software market is already loosening, thanks to the Internet, specifically their hold over file formats. "I'm sure they'll survive... But just doing quite well may not be good enough for them. We'll see."

"His enthusiasm for software sharing is simply put: "Shared intellectual property in the software world is as big as the break from feudal societies to democracy. We're still in the feudal world, but it's changing - that's historically inevitable."

"So how about Aqua? ... Hertzfeld says he has reservations too about the single window mode, in which only one instance of the Finder browser is allowed at any one time. Although Nautilus too very much resembles the Aqua Finder window, you can bring another one up too."

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