De New York Times heeft een artikeltje gepost over Billies nieuwe internet strategie. Microsoft gaat MSN nieuw leven in blazen en Bill blijkt erg goed naar meneer McNealy van Sun geluisterd te hebben, want Microsoft gaat network computers bouwen...
The Microsoft Corporation disclosed several pieces of its new Internet strategy Thursday, saying that it would offer the public a piece of its most successful online effort, the Expedia travel site; would significantly redesign its MSN portal, and would introduce a network computing device.
Anticipating a world in which software will be sold as a service instead of a packaged good, the company said it would re-introduce MSN, shifting its focus to online communications, improved information searching and electronic commerce.
The company also demonstrated its new low-priced network computer, the MSN Web Companion, which will deliver the MSN service beginning in mid-2000. The company said the device was part of an evolving business strategy -- going beyond its stranglehold on the PC industry to develop new ways to connect consumers to the Internet.
The company called the new approach its "everyday Web" strategy and, in a complete turnabout, said it no longer had a dogmatic commitment to the PC platform.
"The vision of the company is about software as a service," said Richard Belluzzo, group vice president for consumer and commerce business. "This fundamentally changes business models."
As part of its new approach to the Internet, Microsoft said it planned to sell part of Expedia in an initial public stock offering. Expedia will become a separate company but will be majority owned by Microsoft.