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USA Today: Questions haunt Microsoft's future

Apr 28, 2000, 05:53 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Maney)

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"Here's how Justice reasons it, according to people close to the case. The applications company, no longer married to Windows, would want to sell to the broadest market possible. So it would create versions of its applications to run on other operating systems, such as Linux or Sun's Solaris. By making popular applications available on competing operating systems, those operating systems would be strengthened and could challenge Windows...."

"The scenario is supported by research company IDC. In fact, IDC says Microsoft's pieces would fare so much better after a breakup, IDC proposes Microsoft break itself up. One example from IDC's report: If 10 million Linux users buy Office rather than a competing product, the new broken-out Microsoft applications company would pull in an additional $350 million to $450 million in revenue. "Most of Microsoft's competitors exist quite happily on less revenue than that!" the report states."

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