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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Moves Called Desperate by Forbes, Next IBM-isation

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Microsoft's Desperate Move

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| Microsoft on Tuesday appeared to hedge its bets on a deal with Yahoo!, 
| reiterating its stance that it has many ways to grow its ad business with or 
| without the Web portal. "Yahoo! is just part of our strategy," Siebrecht 
| said. "We'll get there through organic investment and acquisition. There are 
| other companies out there that could help accelerate that as well."    
| That message is getting really old, Microsoft. You've either got a game plan 
| or you don't.  


Microsoft's Antitrust Case, 10 Years Later

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| In the Freedom to Tinker blog this week, Professor Ed Felten started a series 
| of entries marking the 10 years since the Department of Justice brought its 
| antitrust case against Microsoft. The past decade has brought a lot of 
| changes for Microsoft as well as the entire industry. But if you're wondering 
| where things are headed for Microsoft, it might be instructive to look at 
| what happened to IBM.     



Is Microsoft Aura Fading? 

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| Yesterday's early relief rally reversed, and Microsoft's value has now fallen 
| by more than $30 billion since it unveiled its bid for Yahoo on February 1. 
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Microsoft stock drops amid slumping sales 

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| Microsoft Corp., whose Windows software dominates the personal-computer 
| market, fell 6.2 percent Fridayin Nasdaq trading after sales slumped, casting 
| doubt on whether PC demand can hold up in a slowing economy. The software 
| maker reported a 24 percent drop in sales of Windows last quarter and 
| forecast earnings that may miss analysts' estimates.     
| [...]
| "The risk is that Linux gets a foothold and then affects their long-term 
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| revenue significantly." 

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