"It could happen"
Microsoft finally achieves operating sales monopoly
Unfettered by government inquiries and widespread customer
dissatisfaction, the Redmond-based software giant has done what
few thought possible--becoming the only company still selling
operating system software for general use. Executives at Apple
Computer, the last remaining holdout in the "payware" operating
system camp, are expected to announce next week that the followup
to their highly successful Mac OS X will be licensed free of
charge, following the example set by nearly every other major
vendor in the industry. Microsoft declined comment on Apple's
plans, saying only that [they'd] "always wanted to see the day
when every operating system sold carried the Microsoft brand."
As for Microsoft's steady decline in actual market share, company
representatives responded that their forthcoming (and much-
delayed) Windows NT 7.0 would finally "get it right" and thanked
their loyal customers for expressing confidence in Microsoft's
vision. "We look forward to welcoming back the millions of
customers who've lost their way. Come home, all is forgiven."
Apple stock closed up 4 1/2. Microsoft is down 1.
-- It's joke ... OK?!? (Except the SCO part. That's for real.)