October 19, 2001

Microsoft, AOL headed for final showdown

Author: JT Smith

CNET: "At an America Online staff meeting in 1994, then-President Ted Leonsis wheeled out a wooden cutout
of a bare-fanged Tyrannosaurus rex meant to symbolize the company's most menacing enemy:
Microsoft.

Leonsis' representation was both right and wrong. The software giant indeed presented a major threat at the
time--the eve of the launch of its Microsoft Network--but its battle form would come to resemble a
multiheaded Hydra more than a prehistoric
monster. Rather than full-frontal assaults,
Microsoft would attack from many directions
simultaneously and regenerate appendages
whenever they were severed."

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