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IT-Director: Microsoft still flying high, but vulnerable to Linux

Jul 20, 1999, 13:16 (5 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft is able to milk this market in a highly profitable manner for the time being and we expect the same effect to ensure reasonable if not excellent results for Microsoft in the next two quarters. Beyond that we are unsure."

"...we believe that time is now running short for Microsoft as the price it now charges for the Windows license is excessive compared to all the other components of a PC. The immediate effect is that it profits substantially and accidentally from the dramatic growth of the Internet. In the medium term PC and internet device vendors are going to Linux for their next generation products, because the price that Microsoft charges is prohibitive. From a business perspective, a deep cut in the license price of Windows is long overdue and with Internet-prompted PC growth, Microsoft was provided with a golden opportunity. It seems now to have missed the boat. Watch as Windows gets increasingly marginalised."

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