Dell CEO Michael Dell sent stock in Microsoft Corporation crashing through the floor Friday, when he questioned the ability of Windows 2000 to work well with other software. Windows 2000 is set for widespread public release next week and the comments couldn't have had worse timing; Dell is set to appear and speak at the product's rollout in San Francisco.
"We don't see a massive immediate acceleration due to Windows 2000," Dell said in a conference call with journalists, though he expects the OS to be huge by the second half of 2000. He noted that up to 25% of new Windows 2000 users would experience problems with the operating system. Dell added fuel to the fire when he remarked that demand for Linux, a rival Unix-like operating system, remained high.
Microsoft stock fell 6% Friday, a loss of over $6 per share