October 4, 2000

Microsoft's Corel investment: Insurance against Office antitrust

Author: JT Smith

The Meta Group (via CNet) has its own opinion on why Microsoft pumped $135 million into Linux-friendly software developer Corel: "Microsoft is propping up
the only effective competitor to Office and thereby buying
insurance against a future Justice Department lawsuit.

In addition, this deal is a side bet on the Linux market and could be
the start of a Microsoft strategy to port its .Net technology to Linux in
a controlled way, while limiting Microsoft's own risk."

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