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Penguinista.org: Cease fire called between Microsoft & Corel

Oct 03, 2000, 13:26 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brent Toderash)

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"I keep having this image flash before my mind: Steve Jobs standing onstage behind a podium with Bill Gates - 10x life-size - seemingly looking over his shoulder from a huge TV screen... but this time there's a Corel logo on the podium. And apparently I'm not the only one who has this image on the brain. In Internet time, this is already old news, but for those that haven't heard, it was announced today that Microsoft has formed a 'strategic alliance' with Corel Corporation. Whatever else it means, Corel gets a $135 Million US Dollar infusion of cash, and Microsoft gets more support for its .NET platform."

"One must also ask what "outstanding legal issues" were settled. Stacking things up, there looks like more potential gains on the Corel side of the ledger, so the 'legal issues' are likely the unseen on the MS side, and might we speculate that it includes a waiver of future litigation for damages over Microsoft's anticompetitive practices? On the technology side, it's possible (read: very likely) that Corel was ahead of Microsoft on working out details for the delivery of applications over the Internet, which is obviously crucial for Dot-Net to succeed. And don't forget, the best Microsoft technologies seem to be the acquired ones, not written in-house. There has to be something unseen in it for MS, which isn't exactly known for being a technological business benevolence society."

"Microsoft: Needs Dot-Net to fly, as the old way of selling software is slipping from their fingers. Also needs competitors with more than one pony in the stable, so need Corel to stay afloat until the antitrust thing is done. Has lots of cash to toss about or burn at will."

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