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SJ Mercury/USA Today: The reign of tech's 'Four Horsemen' may be fading

Dec 12, 2000, 07:33 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Edward Iwata)

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"Like legendary sports dynasties, four technology titans -- Microsoft, Intel, Cisco Systems and Dell Computer -- have lorded over their sectors for years. The so-called Four Horsemen are bellwether stocks of Nasdaq, which often rises and falls with their fate."

"Take Microsoft, the world's No. 1 software maker. The $23 billion company ignored the Internet in the early 1990s while Netscape, America Online and Yahoo dashed ahead. Analysts say Microsoft also snoozed through the recent explosion of software operating system competitor Linux and the "open source" software movement."

"Playing catch-up, chairman Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer last summer unveiled Microsoft.net, their biggest move yet to retool the firm with Web-based software for companies and consumers."

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