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SF Gate: World Domination 2000; .NET and the familiar new face of Microsoft

Oct 25, 2000, 17:53 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Neil McAllister)

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"Now Gates seems to speak of .NET, with its multi-environment, network-delivered programming model, as a platform itself, distinct from Windows. And with a reported 80% of Microsoft R&D resources now going to .NET, it sounds like Windows loses."

"Little wonder, then, that Microsoft's new strategy seems so closely to resemble Sun Microsystems' strategy of the last decade. Sun, whose slogan is "The Network is the Computer," originally embarked on its Java strategy largely out of desperation. They knew the only way to loosen Microsoft's stranglehold on the software market would be to downplay the significance of the Windows OS."

"Ironically, Microsoft now finds itself stuck in the same boat: faced with the possibility of having to compete with -- and defeat -- its own OS. What better tactic, then, than to adopt the very strategy dreamed up by one of its most competent competitors? In other words, "If you can't beat 'em -- and you can't eat 'em -- might as well join 'em." So, has anything changed since Judge Jackson's finding in favor of the Department of Justice? Yes and no. The strategy is different. But it's certainly the same old Microsoft."

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