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CNET News.com: Can Inprise perform as a soloist?

May 23, 2000, 22:43 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Now that it has called off its marriage with Corel, some analysts are questioning whether Inprise can survive on its own. Software maker Corel and software development toolmaker Inprise ended a planned billion-dollar merger last week, throwing into question the future of both struggling firms."

"Inprise "can't survive as an independent business," said John Rymer, president of Upstream Consulting. "They need to find another home. Unfortunately, they may be viewed as damaged goods at this point."

"Inprise has struggled in the past several years as the software development tools market has consolidated and profits have decreased. Bigger firms, such as Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and IBM view tools as an important piece of their strategy, but not necessarily a big money maker."

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