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National Post: Blue chips sing the blues

Nov 05, 2000, 13:48 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Miriam Hill)

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"A host of problems have weighed on Microsoft's shares: Washington's antitrust lawsuit; the cost of employee options; the rise of competitors such as Sun Microsystems Inc.; and a variety of companies that sell Linux, an operating system that competes with Microsoft Windows."

"But the biggest issue for the Redmond, Wash., software maker is how rapidly the computer industry is changing. Microsoft's earnings still rely heavily on people and businesses buying personal computers loaded with its software. Increasingly, though, software is being sold via the Internet."

"Microsoft is changing its ways, but it is unclear that it can change fast enough to remain the king of the market. That's why its stock is down 54% so far this year."

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