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Smart Partner: When Will Jackson's Ruling Affect Microsoft? NOW.

Jun 10, 2000, 11:19 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"The changes are already happening. ... The call also has got venture capitalists taking a long, hard look at non-Microsoft operating systems and applications. Venture capitalists on both coasts say that they're looking seriously as companies that produce alternate operating systems and office suites."

"It's more than just venture capitalists. Have you noticed that, despite bad news out of Corel, Linuxcare and TurboLinux, the Linux companies have come out of their stock price dive and have leveled off, and in some cases, are actually rising again? Why? Because savvy stock buyers are buying a hedge against the day that Microsoft faces its opponents on a leveler playing field."

"A big reason why people are making these moves, however, has to do with Microsoft's near future. In 90 days, unless Microsoft can pull a stay out of its judicial hat, Jackson's conduct remedies hit. And, from where I sit, they're going to hit Microsoft harder than Muhammad Ali in his prime."

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