Scott McNealy today admitted that Sun is being hurt quite significantly by the Asian crisis, and joined other computer vendors in describing Europe as the strongest performing economy.
Speaking at the IDC European Forum this afternoon, McNealy said Sun was performing strongly but was being hurt by regional economic crises.
"There is no question we would like to see a stronger Asia. We have lost four to five per cent revenue growth to Asia compared to last year and another three to four per cent in currency charges. That is quite impressive considering we still grew at 13 per cent over last year," he said.
McNealy?s comments echoed an earlier speech by Hewlett-Packard chief, Lew Platt, who said the company was taken by surprise by Asia?s crash, which wiped off $600 million in revenues from its Korean sales alone.
Sun?s president also took the opportunity to put his usual hobnailed boot into Bill Gates and the Windows operating system, claiming that, "There are only two computer companies left - Sun and Microsoft - everyone else is just a reseller for Microsoft and Intel...almost no one makes money [over time] out of Microsoft and Intel except Microsoft and Intel."
He responded to Gates claim that the cross platform ambition was a ludicrous notion by saying that he had never met an IT director who did not want interoperability. He said companies would be crazy to bet on Windows NT 5.0 for mission critical systems, given that it had 40 million lines of code and climbing - much of it brand new.
He said Sun would be announcing later this week at its Enterprise Forum in New York a new raft of software designed to improve interoperability between Windows NT and Sun's Unix operating system, Solaris.
However he did not believe Windows had a monopoly in the software market, and noted there were protocols and application programming interfaces, such as HTML, TCP/IP, Java and even Windows mail protocols that considerably out-shipped Windows. The number of Internet appliances would also far exceed the number of Windows platforms, he claimed.
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