By Alorie Gilbert Staff Writer, CNET News.com June 7, 2002, 6:10 AM PT
"Business software maker SAP plans to boost its slumping U.S. sales by targeting smaller businesses, a move that will set up a showdown with rival Microsoft. "
Generally, MSFT has treated SAP with kid gloves so as not to endanger their European, or specifically, German business. MSFT gets $9 billion a year from Europe and it wanted to keep European regulators happy by treating their software companies well.
Now that war is breaking out between MSFT & SAP, MSFT's dominance in Europe will be ending soon. With Intel already damaged in Europe to the tune of $40 billion from yesterday, look for the other partner in the Wintel duopoly to get its just desserts in Europe. Can you say "Karmic Justice"