Is This Microsoft's Smartest Move Yet?

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  • Report this Comment On May 28, 2012, at 11:12 AM, H3D wrote:

    "is this MicroSoft's smartest move yet?"

    No.

    That was either getting the OS supply contract to sell in an existing 3rd party OS, for an IBM personal computer project that IBM didn't want to succeed.

    Or getting a contract to write a word processor for the Mac.

    They've not needed smart since then.

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