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It was a good article, but fell a tad short when addressing the benefits of competition. For instance, Ma Bell had a steady guaranteed stream of revenue from its utility services (phone lines). They would make money regardless. If they overspent, they simply put in for an increase to the then governing board. A manager who had the capablility of hiring could break his responsibilities up in 3, hire three people, and then watch them. Is its any wonder they ended up with massive layoffs? Microsoft is in an entirely different situation from Ma Bell and also from the Microsoft of a decade ago. They must compete with themselves. A decade ago to increase sales by a large percentage or even to MAINTAIN the same sales would not be that difficult since sales were significantly lower and the wave of the computer industry would carry their growth. Now, it is and will become increasingly difficult for them to maintain and grow. It will require innovation and great business sence. It will require cost control and a competitive nature.

All the hoopla around Windows 98 proves this in that most are saying take your time upgrading if you even ever want to--it's not that much better. Intel will go through the same--see my post on "What happens when fast is fast enough" (I think that's what I called it.

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