ComputerWorld: IDC: Microsoft breakup would benefit the industryJan 13, 2000, 07:03 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Thibodeau)
"International Data Corp. (IDC) is arguing in a report that Microsoft Corp. and the industry would be better off if the company was broken up."
"Microsoft offspring, divided along operating-system, application, tools and database lines, would then be free to offer products for other operating systems "and get away from the stranglehold of the NT-only platform," said one of the report's authors, Tony Picardi, an analyst at the Framingham, Mass.-based company. The report was prepared for clients of IDC."
"Microsoft's continued goal of selling comprehensive, Windows-specific packages to customers is "unrealistic," said Picardi. Offering Microsoft-only solutions "is the same thing as saying 'We're not going to trade with you unless you speak English.' "
"IDC believes the company could be divided along operating-systems and middleware lines; tools and databases; applications; hardware devices; and content and telecommunications."