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CNET News: Critics Cite Weak Spots at Microsoft

Feb 20, 2003, 17:00 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"A Merrill Lynch analyst on Wednesday voiced concerns about Microsoft's response to the growing popularity of open-source software, echoing statements made by a former Microsoft executive last week.

"Steven Milunovich, in a note published Wednesday, wrote that Microsoft is still having difficulty reconciling its overwhelming clout in the PC software market with the growing popularity of open-source software such as Linux and OpenOffice.

"And despite the Redmond, Wash., company's efforts to meld Internet-aware features into its Windows and Office products, the company hasn't fully taken advantage of the Internet, Milunovich wrote. 'These issues are symptomatic, in our view, of Microsoft's PC heritage and underscore the difficulty of a leopard changing its spots...'

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