|Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has announced a new direction for Microsoft. The software giant will no longer churn out bad code, intimidate competitors, or dump products to put competitors out of business. According to Mr. Gates:
For years now we have built up Microsoft by less than straightforward means, but the days of Microsoft forcing retailers to only carry Word or lose Windows are over! From now on we will focus on developing new concepts from the ground up without stealing ideas or buying companies. In addition, we will invite other companies to develop as many competing technologies as possible in order to give our technologies a real run for their money. But perhaps our most exciting change is our new focus on the Mac. After all, the Mac blows Windows away. It's time for a new face for Microsoft!
Reactions from Wall Street have been mixed. According to one financial analyst who wished to remain anonymous:
We're not sure what Chairman Gates is thinking, It has been years since Microsoft truly competed on the merits of their products. Perhaps this is some sort of subterfuge to throw off the DOJ but we are afraid this is real trouble. The only hope for them is that they are truly able to get their hands around their new Mac strategy.
It is unclear exactly how Microsoft will execute this new direction but rumors include new software projects, entire new businesses built from scratch, as well as a major effort to clean up Windows and "make it usable." Other rumors suggest that Microsoft may be in talks with Apple to port the MacOS to Intel architecture in order to, according to our source, "finally get a good OS into the hands of our customers."
The DOJ, Apple, and Microsoft did not return our phone calls. The Mac Observer will bring you more information as it comes available.
The Mac Observer Spin: We are somewhat doubtful that Microsoft will entirely shelve Windows as our source indicated, but it would certianly be a good step. The thing that has us most curious is why this sudden change of heart for Mr. Gates?