Xoc - 2:35 pm on Mar 23, 2002 (gmt 0)
No Microsoft just holds on until their competition self-destructs. My favorite quote about Microsoft:
Competing with Microsoft is like playing pinball--when you win, you get to play again
Part of the reason that Microsoft is so successful, is that they have such deep pockets that they can just keep playing until the competition does something stupid under the pressure. You know, like hiring a Scully and firing a Jobs. Or releasing WordPerfect for Windows. Or buying Ashton-Tate for a wasted $1 billion. Or letting IBM buy you (e.g. Lotus). When you've got $59 billion, in assets, $31 billion in short term assets or cash, you can wait out a lot of bad versions of software.