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Information Week: How Relevant Is Microsoft?

May 02, 2000, 12:15 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Ricadela)

"...Microsoft needs to work fast because it's getting squeezed at both ends. Sun Microsystems is solidifying its hold on sales to enterprise customers and big dot-coms that need to process lots of transactions, while the rising popularity of the Linux operating system at the low end of the server market is a nettlesome development for the folks in Redmond, Wash. 'The biggest challenge for us is to keep moving full speed ahead,' developing new technology that combines the work being done in Microsoft's labs with 'course corrections' from customers, Gates says."

"...Charlie Wuischpard, managing director of E-services provider Perficient Inc.'s IBM practice, says the quick development time and low deployment cost of Windows are outweighed by Java applications' ability to run on multiple systems, including Solaris, AIX, and Linux. 'Not that Microsoft hasn't been extremely pervasive, but it hasn't been a player in the scenarios we're building. It's been about building on Java, Sun, and Oracle,' he says. 'It sounds like heresy, but you're going to see Microsoft get more marginalized on the Internet.'"

"As always, there's a sharp divergence of opinion when it comes to Microsoft. Dedicated Windows shops say the company and its products are indispensable, while companies with a Unix bias see Microsoft on the fringes of their enterprises. 'The mind-set of an organization that has a lot of heterogeneity in its environment is that they don't want to choose a Windows software architecture for development,' says Mike Gilpin, a VP at Giga Information Group."

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