Stories by Jennifer Edstrom

The Microsoft Treadmill

For most of this decade, companies have said yes to every Microsoft Corp. upgrade. If history is any guide, the cycle will likely continue, at least this time around. But the explosion of Internet-based computing, combined with the open-source movement, is offering new and broader choices that could threaten Microsoft's three main revenue streams: Office, last upgraded this past June; the Windows desktop operating system, where one federal judge says it has a monopoly; and Windows servers that run networks and Web sites.