Microsoft: Phoenix from the Ashes?

By Deane Barker on August 1, 2003

Guess what? Microsoft won: A good commentary on the fact that Microsoft is stronger than ever, despite its legal hassles of late and the never-ending predictions of its demise.

“To be sure, Microsoft received some unexpected help from the vagaries of the business cycle. A recession came along at just the right time, wiping out many start-ups that were challenging the company while halting an exodus of employees and managers. The net effect of all this is a Microsoft that is more confident and stronger than ever. ‘They made either no change or only cosmetic changes to their business practices,’ a former executive recently confided to me.”