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TechWeb: IT Industry Supports Breakup Of Microsoft

Apr 27, 2000, 22:01 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mitch Wagner)

"A breakup of Microsoft would be an effective way to encourage competition and innovation in the computer industry, just as the company's enemies advocate, but the effects would not be felt for years, IT managers and analysts said."

"IT manager Brock Freeman, information technology director at semiconductor distributor Mila, said a breakup of the company could encourage deployment of Linux on the desktop, which is now inhibited by the lack of key applications, in particular Microsoft Office."

"But breaking up Microsoft could actually inhibit Linux on the desktop, said Rob Enderle, an analyst at Giga Information Group. The reason: Windows needs to have functionality integrating the Microsoft desktop and server applications. If applications were controlled by a separate company, the interoperability requirements would be lifted, and the OS company would be free to come out with a lightweight, high-speed, high-stability version of Windows that would challenge Linux."

"Or the OS company might come out with its own Linux distribution, Enderle said, much in the same way it responded to the browser threat. "If you were a corporate buyer and had a choice between buying Linux from Microsoft or Linux from Red Hat, what do you think the choice would be?" Enderle said."

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