This fiasco and the great Microsoft Blunder began when Marc Andreessen, then of Netscape, made some silly, off-handed remark about how the browser would become the next platform for applications and suggested, in so many words, that Microsoft would be destroyed. Instead of the boys at Microsoft laughing out loud and then ignoring this remark, they started scrambling around like ants on a hot stove.
Very few other Microsoft products have significant market penetration. And the ones that do are fairly average products, that would be easily developed by anybody with access to MS's Office and OS revenue stream.
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