“… any satisfaction that the judge shares the prevailing
Silicon Valley view of Microsoft is offset here by concern that his
document is a step toward greater government intervention in the
“Just what does and does not belong in a computer operating
system can make for fascinating and impassioned debate among
software programmers. But having a federal court or the government
second guess such decisions is something that makes many industry
executives and experts leery, even those who are critical of
“In an interview, Ballmer said that the rise of new
technologies like Web-based software and the Linux operating system
represented a “cataclysmic change” in the software business.
“We have no guaranteed position in this new Internet era,” he said.
“To me, it sure doesn’t feel like we control things.”