InformationWeek: A Better Way To Break Up Microsoft

The Monolithic Integration Of Microsoft Windows And
Internet Explorer Is Being Supplanted By Modular Technologies Such
As Java And Linux….

“Because this growth is in new applications, Microsoft is still
prosperous and powerful, just as Digital’s years of greatest
prosperity were when the use of PCs was limited to new
applications. The open-source Linux operating system, which is
cutting into the market share of Unix and Windows NT for high-end
systems, is similarly disruptive….”

“What does this mean for Microsoft? Java and Linux are
well-suited for use on the Internet because they create clean,
modular interfaces between hardware and software components. Such
modularity could obviate the need for computer operating systems as
we know them.”