October 15, 2001

Why fear of Microsoft led to Sun's alliance

Author: JT Smith

ZDNet: "Though cloaked as a
technology battle--Liberty's
open system vs. Microsoft's
closed system--what's really
on display is something else
altogether: It's the abject fear
of Microsoft hegemony in
spheres well beyond the
realm of technology.

Let me explain.

If Microsoft gains access to
the customer lists of its
Passport "partners," what's to
stop it from leveraging those
relationships for its own
purposes?"

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