January 26, 2001

.NET: Microsoft's new platform monopoly

Author: JT Smith

Kelly McNeill writes "When Microsoft's recent investment in Corel was announced, one part of the deal confused me. The contract specified that Corel must port .NET to Linux if Microsoft should ever asked them to do so. Does Microsoft want .NET on Linux, or not? If they do, why not just require the port as a part of the contract? Otherwise why bother including the addendum to the contract? I thought it odd that a shrewdly managed company would leave such an important part of its overall strategy undecided. Gates himself has suggested that .NET was a "bet the company" initiative. How could they be so unsure?"
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