Be's chief executive Jean-Louis Gassee was back in the spotlight this week, following a boost to the company's stock price in the wake of the Microsoft antitrust ruling.
The firm, which produces operating sytems (OSs) for digital media and Internet appliances, saw its share price climb by 139 per cent earlier this week, adding 9 1/16 to close at 15 9/16. On one day, it even saw 12.8 million of its shares traded, more than 45 times its three month daily average.
In an interview with vnunet.com, Gassee said: "It's useful to be reminded that things can go up and down. It's character building."
He claimed that the effect of Judge Jackson's ruling against Microsoft last Friday was already being felt in the industry. The ruling indicated that Microsoft was a monopoly and had abused its power by stifling innovation to hurt consumers and competitors.
"This has created a change in the way Microsoft and the companies around Microsoft are being perceived - a shift in the balance of power. How this translates into fact is left to the future because the judge has not issued his ruling, and in this country, Microsoft is presumed innocent," he said.
He added that while Microsoft had the right to appeal, perhaps all the way to the Supreme Court, if people opened their minds to approaches like Be's, then doors and wallets would also be opened.
"I'm very proud of what our engineers do and what we can accomplish in the market place, but it's not quite time to open the champagne yet. It's an interesting time and we do appreciate that people are taking another look," he said.
The company has just launched a Java version of its OS, which runs on Personal Access Devices and Intel and Power PC based PCs, and is working with National Semiconductor on an Ipad wireless slate to browse the Internet.
Gassee said Be was also working with a number of other partners, particularly in the Internet appliance space.
"We have a large number, more than I expected. Which ones will translate into material? It's a little early to say. We are a publicly traded company now and cannot jump the gun," he added.
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