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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-04-15 Print this article Print

Connors said on Tuesday that growing new business against a large base in a difficult spend environment is the third challenge Microsoft faces, while litigation generally is the fourth risk. Connors said there were also several one-time items in the quarter ended March 31 that were "extremely unlikely to recur in coming periods." Microsoft is not planning on a marked increase in the shift to Windows XP Professional relative to what the company saw in the current year.
It is also not planning for foreign exchange impacts in the current year. "And, we will quite certainly not benefit from a significant change in our licensing program as we did in this fiscal years transition to Licensing 6.0," he said.
Small and midsized businesses represent the most tangible area of growth for technology companies, especially Microsoft. As such, Microsoft will continue to invest in partner recruitment and development and broad-based demand creation activities. "We will also invest heavily in the next fiscal year to make sure we have massive connections with developers, and we will invest to ensure that we continue to have the best platform for developers worldwide. They clearly understand the advantage of our toolset, our architecture and our overall approach for building the best applications at the lowest cost," he said. Latest Microsoft News:

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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