Analysts have attacked last week's US court decision to split Microsoft, saying it will 'cause chaos', while Microsoft's UK channel has given a mixed reaction.
Last Wednesday, Judge Thomas Jackson accused Microsoft of being "untrustworthy", and ordered that the company be split in two.
An appeal will now follow. Many of those close to the case, including Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, who has called for further talks with the US government, believe Jackson's ruling is unlikely to get through the appeals process without substantial modifications.
The UK channel is still unsure whether last week's ruling will generate new opportunities or add new difficulties.
Darrell Riddell, marketing manager at Exchange reseller Synstar International, said: "I do not think that a Microsoft split would harm us a great deal. One possible area of difficulty is the politics of account management and support."
Nigel Judd, marketing manager of wholesaler Computer 2000, said: "It's too early to say what effect this will have on us or our customers, but I'm not expecting a disaster."
Analyst Rob Enderle at Giga Information Group, said that a divided Microsoft will cause chaos, particularly in the consumer sector where standardisation around Windows has driven the market. "It will be very difficult for consumers to depend on (Microsoft) answering service questions," said Enderle.
Aberdeen Group analyst Joe Clabby commented: "The court's ruling has shown complete disregard for financial consequences."
Others have questioned Microsoft's continued ability to invest in new technologies. It is due to finally unveil its Next Generation Windows Services next week, which will promote publicly available XML based standards and other APIs.
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