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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Lost Its Mojo

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Ghost Story: Fear of Microsoft Fades

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| In fact, it’s exactly 10 years ago this week, that a live audience of 
| Microsoft watchers was trying to crowd into Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson’s 
| court room in Washington, D.C., so grab a glimpse of Chairman Bill Gates’ 
| video deposition on whether Microsoft had used the monopoly power of its 
| operating system to drive Netscape and its Navigator browser out of business. 
| Here’s an excerpt of that testimony, called non-responsive by the judge, and 
| whose action came mainly from Gates’ tendency to rock back-and-forth in his 
| chair.       


"We need to slaughter Novell before they get stronger….If you’re going to kill
someone, there isn’t much reason to get all worked up about it and angry. You
just pull the trigger. Any discussions beforehand are a waste of time. We need
to smile at Novell while we pull the trigger."

                --Jim Allchin, Platform Group Vice President, Microsoft


P. Graham: Microsoft is Dead

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| A few days ago I suddenly realized Microsoft was dead. I was talking
| to a young startup founder about how Google was different from Yahoo.
| I said that Yahoo had been warped from the start by their fear of
| Microsoft. That was why they'd positioned themselves as a "media
| company" instead of a technology company. Then I looked at his face
| and realized he didn't understand. It was as if I'd told him how much
| girls liked Barry Manilow in the mid 80s. Barry who?
| Microsoft? He didn't say anything, but I could tell he didn't quite
| believe anyone would be frightened of them.

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