The New York Times > Technology > Oracle to Acquire PeopleSoft for $10.3 Billion, Ending Bitter Fight: "By acquiring PeopleSoft, Oracle hopes to move closer to becoming the Microsoft of corporate data centers.
Just as Microsoft has expanded its dominant position in desktop computing by offering word processing and spreadsheet programs that run on its Windows operating system, so Oracle hopes to add layers of software that are tied to its mainstay product, the Oracle database systems.
'Look at Microsoft's strategy - we're not that different,' Mr. Ellison said in an interview yesterday. 'We're trying to do the same thing in the enterprise market that Microsoft has done on the desktop.'"
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