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VARBusiness: Deflating Microsoft

Aug 28, 1999, 02:04 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Barbara Darrow)

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"Once Seen As Invincible, The Company Shows Increasing Signs Of Vulnerability"

"Has the balloon burst for Microsoft Corp., or is it just a slow leak? Magnitude aside, there is evidence indicating that Redmond-based Microsoft is not the pre-eminent software power it was even two years ago."

"Exhibit A: The DOJ Debacle. Whatever the outcome, the antitrust case has colored public opinion."

"Exhibit B: The Brain Drain. Microsoft no longer is the no-brainer destination of the nation's top graduates. ... Then there is the well-documented exodus of top managers."

"Exhibit C: As the lure of Web riches continues, Microsoft's use of stock options in lieu of high pay has to change."

"Exhibit D: When software vendors make their rounds on Wall Street, Microsoft no longer is Topic A."

"Exhibit E: The sizzle in today's OS market is not coming from Windows 2000, but from Linux, the open source alternative."

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