WE PUT THE “TALK” IN BIZTALK

“Great Plains has a depth of expertise in business-process applications and services which Microsoft doesn’t have.”

Microsoft executive Jeff Raikes, revealing the intersection of the company’s vaporware marketing and its acquisition strategy, The New York Times, 22 December 2000

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I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW, THE GAIN IS GONE

“Given the stunning lack of consumer demand for eToys’ much-enhanced services this season, it is now clear to us that eToys substantially over-spent.”

Robertson Stephens e-tailing analyst Lauren Cooks Levitan, who now feels free to downgrade a company she once touted, as it’s not likely to bring her firm much investment-banking business, Upside.com, 19 December 2000