`Microsoft Is Good, But It's Not God'

Scott Cook was stunned by a phone call in late 1990. It was a senior Microsoft Corp. executive telling Cook, the co-founder and chief executive of tiny Intuit Inc., that the software goliath was about to enter Intuit's market--programs for check writing and household budgeting. Because the two companies had once talked about collaborating on a finance program for Windows, the executive said he felt obliged to let Cook know.

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