Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Microsoft Monopoly Rolls On -Antitrust Judge

Microsoft Corp. is still trying to 'leverage' its Windows operating system monopoly to control all software markets, said the former judge who ordered the company's breakup in the U.S. government's landmark antitrust case.

'Nothing has changed, to my observation, in the five years that have elapsed since my decision,' said Thomas Penfield Jackson, who retired last year as a federal judge. 'Windows is an operating-system monopoly, and the company's business strategy was to leverage Windows to achieve a comparable dominion over all software markets,' Jackson said yesterday in Washington at a conference sponsored by the American Antitrust Institute.

Jackson's 2000 decision ordered the breakup of Microsoft, but in 2001, a U.S. appeals court overturned that element, leaving the company intact. The Bush administration, which inherited the case from the Clinton administration, settled with Microsoft once the company agreed to let computer makers promote rival software products.

Jackson defended his decision to grant the Clinton administration's request to break up the company. 'The Microsoft persona I had been shown throughout the trial was one of militant defiance, unapologetic for its past behavior and determined to continue as before,' he said.

Writer Ken Auletta, who wrote a book about the Microsoft case, based in part on interviews with Jackson, quoted the judge as comparing Microsoft executives to members of a drug gang because of their unrepentant attitude in court.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Dumb Software said...

Monopoly? WRONG!

There is a lot of FREE Linux, (not fee) Macintosh/Apple out there, but COMPUTOR ILLETERACY is the main reason most stay with WINDOS and it's mediocrity.

MOzilla firefox will handle your Internet for FREE.

Their ARE chioces, and when folks start getting off thier lazy azz and taking those less traveled roads, then Microsoft will change for the better.

6:05 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Microsoft is a monopoly because almost all PC vendors ship with it pre-installed and M$ has exclusivity deals with those vendors which lock out competitors. The average non-geek is not going to uninstall windoze so they can go out and *learn* Linux. Linux needs to stop fragmenting and start addressing the needs of non-geeks, as Apple has done with OS X.

11:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge Jackson is correct. Microsoft IS a monopoly. How many times have you gone to a publically funded site only to find that the information or documents you need to use from there are only available in some sort of Microsoft proprietary file format that requires you have some product such as MS Office or Internet Explorer to even view or use these files. Sure Open Office can view MOST of these and Firefox works quite well but Microsoft refuses to release specifications to their competitors that would allow for seamless interoperability with these formats. Thats fine if my example were about a private business, they are free to lose customers all they want through the use of proprietary file formats. I'm talking about PUBLICALLY funded entitys. The use of Microsoft's proprietary products should be illegal and its continued use is only further proof of the monopolistic nature of Microsoft!

2:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Linux is only free if your time is worth nothing...

10:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>> "COMPUTOR ILLETERACY"

OMG... ROFL... u must be kidding, right?

Spelling both "computer" and "illiteracy" wrong while accusing people of being too stupid to escape Windows monopoly... ha ha ha ha

Oh, uh... oops... unless it was not an ironic joke, after all? LOL

Well who's the *illetorat iddeyot* now? ;-)

7:55 am  

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