Microsoft lost - what now ?
mark at zwitterion.humbug.org.au
Tue Apr 4 05:53:22 EDT 2000
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As many of you have probably already read on Slashdot, Microsoft
Corporation has lost their anti-trust case. A few quotes...
As part of its grand strategy to protect the applications
barrier, Microsoft employed an array of tactics designed
to maximize the difficulty with which applications written
in Java could be ported from Windows to other platforms,
and vice versa.
Microsoft then induced developers to use its implementation
of Java rather than Sun-compliant ones.
These actions cannot be described as competition on the
merits, and they did not benefit consumers.
Section I.A.2.b., http://usvms.gpo.gov/ms-conclusions.html
only when ... viewed, as they should be, as a single,
well-coordinated course of action does the full extent of
the violence that Microsoft has done to the competitive
process reveal itself.
In essence, Microsoft mounted a deliberate assault upon
entrepreneurial efforts that, left to rise or fall on
their own merits, could well have enabled the introduction
More broadly, Microsoft's anticompetitive actions trammeled
the competitive process through which the computer software
industry generally stimulates innovation and conduces to
the optimum benefit of consumers.
Section I.A.2.c., http://usvms.gpo.gov/ms-conclusions.html
The United States District Court for the District of Columbia
said all that - anyone willing to guess what will happen next?
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