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SJ Mercury: Rivals brace for bolder Microsoft

Mar 05, 2001, 22:49 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Heather Fleming Phillips)

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"Silicon Valley companies are bracing for an even stronger, emboldened competitor in Microsoft as a federal appeals court panel appears headed toward overturning the court order that would have split it in two."

"Microsoft's dominance of the personal computer operating system market has held steady at about 90 percent of the market since the government's antitrust case began. Microsoft, which previously leveraged that dominance in the PC market to control the Internet browser market, is now going after Web audio and video players, cell phones, TV set-top boxes and computer servers."

"Rivals are afraid that the software giant's fierce competitive tactics, which the government charges violate antitrust law, will get even tougher if the company isn't broken up. They say that will hurt innovation and competition."

"They have not really fundamentally changed their behavior at all," said Ed Black, president of the Computer and Communications Industry Association, which represents Microsoft competitors that include Novell, a networking software maker. "Nothing that has happened . . . can blunt their core monopoly except government intervention."

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