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SiliconValley.com: Lindows could give Linux life and worry Microsoft

Jan 09, 2002, 17:17 (26 Talkback[s])

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"It's easy to see why Lindows, at least in theory, might worry Microsoft. If companies can keep running their Windows applications and get off the Microsoft upgrade treadmill, some will surely consider it.

Microsoft's dominance of the applications-software business actually works to Lindows' favor, Robertson says. That's because Lindows is focusing on just a few applications.

``You can make a case that only 10 programs really matter to a majority of people today,'' he says. Those include Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other programs in the Office suite; Quicken, America Online and just a few others. If Lindows runs those well, it can capture some users."

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