Commentary: Java Is Hot Enough To Burn Bill Gates

For years, Microsoft has been nearly invincible. The company's Windows operating system software now runs on 85% of the world's personal computers. Its Office suite of applications claims 87% of the $3.8 billion market. And in what seemed like the click of a mouse, the software giant overhauled its strategy to zero in on the World Wide Web, capturing 36% of the browser market--in just two years. Microsoft even fought off the Justice Dept. in 1995, agreeing to a consent decree that hasn't slowed it down one whit. Now, with trustbusters having filed a petition on Oct. 22 claiming Microsoft has violated that consent decree, one can't help but wonder: What will stall the software titan?

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