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Robert Cringely.. opinion squared

One of the most entertaining commentators on the computer industry and so often on point, but in the case of his latest article regarding Microsoft:

I have to disagree. When you look at Bill Gates' background for example in excellent books like
Hard Drive, it is easy to see that internal innovation IS NOT part of the master plan. From buying in DOS and loaning the Mac Interface, the talent always has been in seeing what customers will want and moving quickly to deliver a finished product to the customer as quickly as possible at minimal cost... even if that means not paying some people who should really and legally be paid!

To say, as he does, that Mr Gates is getting in the way of innovation at MS is to say you do not understand how the whole business operates..

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