Microsoft has been forced to postpone the launch of its new Internet strategy, due today, because of the imminent DoJ antitrust ruling.
On 24 May, in a speech opening Microsoft's fourth annual CEO Summit, Bill Gates said it would reveal the roadmap for its next generation of software - the company's most important announcement for five years - on 1 June at the Forum 2000 event. But two days later Microsoft sent an e-mail informing industry watchers the event had been postponed until 22 June.
At the Forum, Microsoft was expected to announce Next Generation Windows Services, a strategy on how users receive information and services from the Internet.
Commenting on the delay, an MS spokeswomen said, "We believe [the antitrust ruling this week] would distract attention and focus."
Dale Vile, senior analyst at Bloor said, "If the operating system and Internet parts of the company are split [by the DoJ] Next Generation Windows will have to change."
Simon Moores, chairman of the Microsoft forum user association agreed. "The effect of any split would be a change in how Microsoft evolves its Internet strategy."