Microsoft Reveals Plan to Take Business From I.B.M. - New York Times: "The Microsoft approach, Mr. Ballmer said, is to offer new software tools for what he called 'the next wave of improvement in business operations.' That path, he insisted, is very different from that of I.B.M., which he portrayed as mainly a services business whose consultants help companies and then depart.
'We're talking about giving people in business the tools to be more productive every day,' he said. 'I.B.M. is talking about a project.'"
"Ken Bisconti, a vice president in I.B.M.'s software group, said the Microsoft demonstrations, which he saw on a Webcast, were a display of 'more functions than people need or want in a pure Microsoft software environment.'
'Microsoft,' Mr. Bisconti added, 'is clinging to a pre-Internet, proprietary software model.'"
Competition = good...
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