Month: September 2014

Microsoft Spent Much Of The ’90s and ’00s In Court

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microsoftIt all comes to a head next week. Microsoft gets its day in court, yet again. And the company will be bombarded before appellate judges this time with the charges that it bullies competitors and–in Judge Stanley Sporkin’s view, anyway–has become a potential threat to economic well-being. Ouch! After more than four years of antitrust torture, even battle-hardened Microsoft executives are feeling the sting. They admit to worrying–just a little–about the effect of all this on partners, customers, and employees.

And worry they should. Look what happened to IBM and AT&T during their years …

What Are “User Reference Programs”

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urpsWhen Niraj Patel picks up his phone, a reporter on the other end asks him for a few minutes of his time. Patel, the network and telecommunications manager for General Motors Acceptance Corp., a national finance company, settles back in his chair, interrupting his work for a conversation that could last 30 minutes. Hes used to calls like this. As part of Novell Inc.s user-reference program, he gets requests for interviews at least once a week.

Although its not an official part of the job, Patel and dozens of other IT executives at Fortune …