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What do a mouse and elephant have to do with Microsoft and IBM? Read on.
Reader lurker responds to Uh-Oh: Ex-Employee Says Microsoft Today Is

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Reader: Microsoft Would Be Smart to Avoid IBM Comparisons

mouse and elephant.jpg
What do a mouse and elephant have to do with Microsoft and IBM? Read on.
Reader lurker responds to Uh-Oh: Ex-Employee Says Microsoft Today Is Like IBM in 1985. It's worth reading just for the quote at the end.

"And let's not forget the highly relevant fact that Microsoft got its start by piggybacking on the power and assets of giant IBM. When they were coming out with the first IBM PC (anyone remember those commercials with the Charlie Chaplin get-your-ducks-in-a-row theme?) Bill Gates provided them with the original QDOS ("Quick and Dirty Operating System"), which Gates & company had not created themselves, but bought outright from a small Seattle firm."

"Their agreement with IBM had the crucial stipulation that Microsoft could also license the software to other parties-- so when other manufacturers started churning out cheap PC clones, Microsoft could directly profit by helping IBM's competitors. And very quickly IBM no longer dominated the PC industry.

I forget who said it, but there's a pithy qoute about how Microsoft was the mouse that raped an elephant. For Dodge to compare Microsoft now to IBM then is indeed a pointed jab."

 
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