Hade två Microsoft klarat sig bättre än ett?
In November 2001, Microsoft and the U.S. Justice Department settled; Microsoft was allowed to stay intact. At the time, Microsoft officials breathed a sigh of relief that they would not have to break up the company.
Ten years on, Microsoft is struggling to maintain its dominance in a world in which Google thrives, Apple is resurgent, and the Internet has arguably become more important than operating systems.
Where would Microsoft be today if it had been split in two a decade ago? There’s no way to know, of course, but I think there’s a reasonable chance that the two resulting companies would have thrived and been better able to fend off Google, Apple and other competitors.