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Microsoft NT's Desktop Redemption

Traders Magazine, May 1999

Monica Simms

Afew years ago, what analyst would have predicted a turnaround in Wall Street's perception of Mighty Microsoft? The 800-pound Seattle area gorilla, with the ubiquitous Windows software, was viewed as providing little more than a supporting role in transaction-processing systems.

UNIX was the real muscle on Wall Street, and still is, providing the most powerful number-crunching, mission-critical trading applications on the Street. Financial firms, in fact, have historically relegated Microsoft Windows to word processing, file and print, as well as to other light-weight tasks in the enterprise while high-end trading systems have been dominated by UNIX.

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