Microsoft's slow-starter strategy paying off, but inspiring customers

In his commentary, CNET News.com's Charles Cooper sees Microsoft as a company with a slow-starter strategy that happens to be working out remarkably well.

In his commentary, CNET News.com's Charles Cooper sees Microsoft as a company with a slow-starter strategy that happens to be working out remarkably well. "Microsoft has carefully cultivated an image of being an outfit that outthinks and outinnovates rivals," he says, yet its secret to success is more "applied perspiration" rather than "divine inspiration." Cooper points to Microsoft's laborious effort to build a respectable graphical operating system and the length of time it took to catch up to Netscape in the browser space. But with its latest Media Center release, the obstacle posed by Apple Computer may be much too steep, he says.

Meanwhile, it seems as though Microsoft customers are mirroring the slow strategy. According to Evans Data Corporation, developers are taking a

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