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National Post: Baptism by fire for Corel's Burney

Mar 05, 2001, 22:02 (34 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rod McQueen)

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"Derek Burney's most dramatic move since being appointed chief executive of Corel Corp. in October was signing a partnership deal that month with Microsoft Corp. The touchstone event was supposed to set him apart from his predecessor, Corel founder Michael Cowpland, as well as establish the new direction Mr. Burney is seeking to take Canada's best-known software company."

"But rather than garner respect, the pact has attracted scorn from detractors and scrutiny from regulators: the Ontario Securities Commission, the Bureau of Competition Policy and the U.S. Department of Justice...."

"Mr. Burney denies any linkage between the Microsoft money and the Linux leave-taking."

"'Linux is a great operating system, but it was impossible to use unless you had a hat with a propeller on it. It doesn't fit with the vision that we have now, which is to create software applications that exercise people's creativity. We've been evaluating this possibility for a long time. It had nothing to do with Microsoft. One of the things that I've found through the years is that companies have certain reputations, earned or not. People can apply meanings to all kinds of things that happen. Microsoft is one of those companies where they'll find some link to some conspiracy theory.'"

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