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ZDNet UK/Reuters: ...MS prepares for the biggest paradigm shift in its 25 year history

Sep 06, 2000, 21:18 (15 Talkback[s])

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"The company that helped fuel the personal computer boom is now working feverishly to assert its relevance in the Internet era, in which PCs are just one of many devices people will use to work and play. And it is fighting tooth and nail to convince the federal courts that it is not a scofflaw monopoly and should be spared being broken in two as a judge ordered in June."

"Microsoft has always had challenges in the past but I don't think they've been challenged on as many fronts as they are right now," said Meta Group analyst Steve Kleynhans. "A lot of things they've always been able to look at to buoy employees up are just not there right now," Kleynhans said. "Today they can't even look at the stock price."

"Many analysts say they are encouraged by the .NET talk coming out of Microsoft's Redmond, Washington, headquarters, yet they caution that it is still too early to tell what products the strategy will yield, or if people will pay money for them. "It's obviously the big bet. That's the big kahuna," Scott McAdams, president of Seattle-based brokerage McAdams Wright Ragen, said of .NET."

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