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Forbes: The Microsoft Computer?

Jan 06, 2001, 16:08 (33 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John C. Dvorak)

[ Thanks to Tom for this link. ]

"In his opening keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas tomorrow, expect Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates to surprise the audience by showing a Microsoft-branded PC along with the X-Box video game console, and perhaps other new hardware products. While the company denies any plans to actually produce and market a Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT) PC, I think otherwise. Here is my theory."

"It's entirely possible that Microsoft will release a branded computer to compete with the likes of Dell (nasdaq: DELL), Gateway (nyse: GTW) and IBM (nyse: IBM). Why? Microsoft cannot be happy that its partners no longer toe the line. Dell and others now sell computers with the Linux operating system, which competes with Microsoft Windows. Previously, this was verboten. But since the U.S. Department of Justice brought antitrust charges against Microsoft, computer makers feel they can veer from Microsoft's often tyrannical sales agreements."

"Evidence that Microsoft is planning a sneak attack on the box makers is mounting. First, there's Gates' keynote at CES. Besides the X-Box game console, Bill Gates is expected to show a prototype computer dubbed by the company as merely a "concept" machine similar to what automakers do. The difference here is that Microsoft is not in the business of making computers. Why show off a concept machine?"

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