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osOpinion: .NET: Microsoft's New Platform Monopoly

Jan 26, 2001, 08:25 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mitchell Skinner)

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"When Microsoft's recent investment in Corel was announced, one part of the deal confused me. The contract specified that Corel must port .NET to Linux if Microsoft should ever asked them to do so."

"Does Microsoft want .NET on Linux, or not? If they do, why not just require the port as a part of the contract? Otherwise why bother including the addendum to the contract? I thought it odd that a shrewdly managed company would leave such an important part of its overall strategy undecided. Gates himself has suggested that .NET was a "bet the company" initiative. How could they be so unsure?"

"In my opinion, a .NET for Linux didn't seem like such a good idea in the first place. If Linux had .NET, then the OS would become a much more viable competitor to Windows as it would be able to run the company's Office software. Is there a reason why Microsoft might want to weaken Windows that way?"

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