IBM's move could actually prove to be the biggest threat to Microsoft's hammerlock on PC software since IBM was pushing its own competing operating system, OS/2, from 1987 through 1996.
A confluence of factors could conspire to make Workplace the first legitimate mass-market competitor to Microsoft's Office software suite. That, in turn, could have far ranging consequences. It might open up a wave of competition to the core Windows operating system itself. Should either of these possibilities transpire, the Colossus of Redmond could find itself having to cut prices and slash margins to compete.
Link: BusinessWeek online: A Big Blue Gauntlet for Microsoft >

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