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CNet.com: Microsoft lures big names for embedded OS

Apr 10, 2001, 18:10 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

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"Microsoft has been working for years on the 'embedded' market, facing myriad smaller companies and now the additional threats of Linux and Java. But the effort hasn't been a broad success...."

"But Microsoft has had a harder time extending its software dominance into the embedded market, dominated by less well-known companies such as Wind River Systems, and the server market, where Unix systems and even older mainframe computers still rule the roost."

"And as Microsoft pushes harder in the embedded computing market, it's coming up against a familiar rival from the server market: Linux. Though it hasn't encroached much on Microsoft's stronghold on desktop computers, Linux has spread rapidly to the embedded market, with backing from Red Hat and many smaller companies."

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