Sunday Feb 13/2000
Microsoft is the biggest company in the world, whose products have transformed modern life. Yet the dominance of this giant software company is being challenged on all fronts. The American Government has launched a massive legal assault, alleging abuse of commmercial power. The European Union is making threatening noises. There growing speculation about enforced break-up. And now, for the first time in many years, powerful new competition is beginning to emerge in Microsoft's core markets. Will Microsoft beat off its assailants, as it has done in the past? Or is this the beginning of the end for one of the mightiest corporations the world has ever seen? Michael Robinson reports.
Britain's motor industry is under intense pressure. Publicity about lower car prices on the Continent have resulted in a Government inquiry, and plummeting sales. Meanwhile, the strength of sterling has made British car exports less attractive to overseas buyers, trimming manufacturers' slender profits still further. So what can be done to restore health to the British motor trade and encourage customers to return to the showrooms? Maya Even talks to Nick Reilly, boss of Vauxhall and one of the most influential figures in Europe's car industry.