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Sunday, November 30, 2003

MICROSOFT UNDER THE HOOD
Microsoft has gotten to where it is today by aggressively pushing its operating system onto computers in the home and office. So it makes sense that it should now target automobiles.

"We'd like to have one of our operating systems in every car on Earth," said Dick Brass, vice-president of Microsoft's automotive business unit. "It's a lofty goal."

Great, just great. I can't wait to have my car's OS crash and demand that I restart the ignition while I'm cruising down the highway at 50 miles an hour. Maybe an MS-powered car will be incompatible with some roads, preventing me from driving to certain locations.