Getcher December issue of Wired magazine out and read the cover article:
"83 Reasons Why Bill Gates's Reign is Over. Of most interest in the
context of this group and the reason I'm taking the time to quote it here
is item 9 in the "memo."
The article concludes with this sidebar:
"Memo to Microsoft: 10 Tips for the Era Ahead"
1. Preempt the antitrust crusade. Break up the company now, on your own terms.
2. Spin off Windows as a separate company. Put the OS in the public
domain. Sell support and service.
3. Turn NT into a corporate/enterprise service firm. Make this the last
4. Create distributed network software that's better than Jini and Java.
5. Get connected: move software headquarters to Silicon Valley.
6. Learn to play politics.
7. Exploit what goodwiill there is left. Give the Microsoft brand some
real meaning for the consumer.
8. Strip the geeks out of the media/interactive group and pack up the
bunch to LA or NY.
9. Send Gates up the mountain to find a business model that works for
commercial software, because all OS software will be free in the future.
10. Start the Microsoft Charitable Foundation with an initial endowment of
$25 billion - while you still have it."
Jim Naylor (remove the .nospam)