It's almost enough to make you feel sorry for
Microsoft. Nearly every day, Bill Gates appears on a TV
screen in a Washington courtroom, evading prosecutors'
questions and pleading amnesia in a most unconvincing
Competitors and allies alike recount
story after story of alleged bullying by
A judge in San Jose, Calif., rules that the company
did indeed violate its software license agreement
with Sun and will now have to re-engineer some
products, including Windows 98.
continue to conspire against the company. Giant, poserful
firms including IBM, Sun, Oracle and Apple undertake
what in many circumstances would be considered illegal
collusion as they plot to wound the beast from
Closer to home, the news isn't much better.
Microsoft sells its stake in Real Networks, Ending a
difficult partnership with a company founded by a Microsoft
alum and thereby setting the stage for a bitter
David-and-Goliath battle that can only lead to more PR headaches.
Pete Higgins, one of the inner circle of longtime
Gates loyalists, decides to take some time offf,
leaving the money-losing Interactive Media Group in
little better shape than it was when he took it over two
Meanwhile, it's suddenly become
conventional wisdom in the technology world that personal
computers as we use them- the$1,000-$3,000 multipurpose
devices with Intel chips and Microsoft operating systems-
are becoming passe, as network-connected computer
It is starting to look as
though 1998 will someday be seen as the year the tide
turned against Gates % Co. By foolishly refusing to
acknowlege its monopoly position and temper its behavior as
the law requires of monopolists, Microsoft has
finally succeeded in getting itself in deep trouble. And
in situations like this, when it rains, it
As Gates' public image is transformed from
brilliant visionary(NOT) to duplicitous schemer, will
sought-after talent still view Redmond as the place to
And will customers, chronically frustrated by the
flakiness of computer technology, continue to spare
Microsoft from blame?
Damage, has already been
done. Our reading of the law and the course of the
trial so far lead us to predict that Microsoft will
lose in the trial court.
The question then becomes
what the remedies might be. And from that perspective,
Gates should actually be hoping that things go badly
for his company in the market, If Microsoft seems to
be on the downhill side of an incredible run, the
Justice Department is much less likely to seek its
Maybe Gates will help Linux kill
Microsoft so that it looks weaker in court.
Microsoft is just DOOMED??
SUN was suppose to end MS OS/APPS with JAVA--then
JINI--then LINUX--then their free office suite----let's see,
fastforward to the year 2010--"SUN announces new threat to
the microsoft os/apps downloaded via teledesic
satellites with their new JINIBABIES--it is a cross platform
os/app that comes with a little dog filled with beads
for the kiddies"......GIVE ME A BREAK!!!