Free ride? I'll say

Started May 4, 2002 | Discussions thread
Larry Young Regular Member • Posts: 370
Re: Enjoy the ride

The government said that Microsoft used its monopoly to extend its reach. They never at any time said the monopoly was aquired illegally.

With that said I know this still keeps the door open for everyone to fault Microsoft. Look antitrust action killed the shoe industry in Lynn, Ma. Antitrust action is killing the telcom industry. They could have required AT&T to open up the network without breaking them up. Antitrust action by default is going to hurt the computer industry.

Tom May wrote:

By definition, a monopoly is bad as it stifles competition and
innovation. Also, I don't believe that the government stated that
Microsoft became a monopoly only through legitimate business
practices. In fact, the previous consent decree, which Microsoft
ignored, did fault Microsoft for unfair business practices. These
practices continue today.

Microsoft has been a champion of FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt)
in its marketing practices, and continues this practice even today.
It has launched a very strong anti open source campaign, targeting
Linux, which seems to be backfiring. It has spoken at length about
the unfolding tragedy that would occur if IE and Media Player were
to be removed from the Windows OS to allow OEM's alternatives. It
has stated that it would not be possible to accomplish this even as
it advertises Windows XP Embedded that is binary compatible with
Windows XP. Even his Billness testified that this was the case.

Either way, the law (Tunney Act) requires that the government
mitigate monopoly power, as they did with both AT&T and IBM. The
fact that the Federal Government has adopted a very weak position
was the cause for the 9 remaining states to continue the legal
action.

Meanwhile, Microsoft, with its $40 billion in cash, is attempting
to use its position to dominate other industries, fortunately
without too much success (note the lackluster success of XBOX and
MSN). The truth is, Microsoft has been very successful when it can
leverage its OS and Office monopolies, and proprietary technologies
such as Media Player and C#. It has been less successful when it
has strayed from this formula.

Fortunately, the era of the Personal Computer is evolving towards
consumer devices, segments that the likes of Sony, Nintendo,
Panasonic, Ericson, Nokia and Apple are more successful at. And
Linux is having quite a bit of impact in the less developed world,
which may constraint MS success to first world countries, I'll bet
even these of which are grousing about MS business practices.

At any rate, I value everyone's opinion, though I believe that we
the consumer are served best when we are allowed choice.

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