|October 30, 2000|
Microsoft: Are The Tables Turning?
Don't get me wrong. I realize many independent software developers have reaped great rewards (read revenue) by developing products for the world's leading PC platform. Microsoft has helped nurture many along the path to profitability and has developed some long-lasting partnerships.
In this week's cover story ("Still At The Top?"), senior editor Aaron Ricadela takes a look at the complex and changing relationships between Microsoft and its thousands of developer partners. Perhaps the tables are being turned a little bit. More than ever, Microsoft is dependent on the support of the independent software vendor community for innovative solutions to surround its products. Certainly, Microsoft is feeling more vulnerable than it ever has for a number of reasons: Customers are more concerned about Internet bandwidth than PC operating systems; its server products are under siege by Oracle, Sun, and others; sales growth of server products is less than expected; revenue for desktop software such as Office is flat; many up-and-coming developers are putting their money on Linux, not Windows; legal troubles continue to add pressure; and the company is banking big-time on its forthcoming .Net strategy to help retain its leading position in the market. Given all that, can Microsoft still wield the same amount of power over the software vendor community that it's done in the past?
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