“Whither mighty Microsoft Corp.? Don’t dump your stocks in the software giant, experts warn. But they also say the ‘days of Microsoft’s hegemony may soon be over,’ according to a new report by Framingham-based ComputerWorld. ‘What you might see is an 800-pound gorilla on steroids (today) and five years from now it might be a 400-pound gorilla on vitamins,’ said Don Tennant, editor of ComputerWorld, which recently held a panel discussion among experts about the future of the information-technology sector,” Jay Fitzgerald writes for The Boston Herald.
“The increasing competition from Linux open-source technologies, Apple Computer Inc. and Internet-focused companies will slowly chip away at the Redmond, Wash.-based behemoth’s dominance, Tennant said,” Fitzgerald writes. “The Massachusetts Institute of Techology’s Thomas Malone, who participated in the ComputerWorld panel, said yesterday that he wouldn’t predict how much Microsoft’s dominance in the browser, operating system and desktop applications might fall. But Malone, a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, said it’s highly unsual, historically, for any company to maintain its lead within the volatile tech industry. Microsoft, which made its name with its DOS and Windows computer applications, barely dodged a bullet when the Internet blossomed last decade, he said. ‘It’s rare for a company to make such a transition twice,’ he said.”
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