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David Potter, chairman of UK company Psion, said yesterday that the Symbian standard was under no threat from Microsoft's attempt to queer its pitch. Speaking at the Dow Jones CEO forum held in London, Potter said open standards were likely to prevail over proprietary solutions. He said: "With Symbian, we have the technology and the market, but it's a complex world and what matters in the long run is customers. He said that the partners in Symbian had a good opportunity to provide an open standard. "It will be difficult for Microsoft to compete," he said. "They're likely to use PR to undermine our position. But the ball is in Symbian's court to achieve market penetration." He said: "Bill [Gates] can use his money and PR to subvert operation, but the ball is in our court." ®

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