He says Microsoft's investment in Barnes & Noble and its Nook e-reader represent an assault on Amazon and its Kindle tablets and e-readers. He says Microsoft miscalculated the market for them when it devoted research into the devices in 1998. "But the developers involved in this effort were told to shut down because their solution was not Windows centric enough," he says.
That was the wrong way to look at it, though. "You do not need Windows to read a book - MS-DOS would have sufficed and could have easily been replaced with more advanced technology later," he says.
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