Microsoft Violated Sherman Antitrust Act
Monday April 3rd, 2000
In his ruling today, Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson found Microsoft in violation of the Sherman Antritrust Act, stating that "The Court concludes that Microsoft maintained its monopoly power by anticompetitive means and attempted to monopolize the Web browser market".
Microsoft's problem was that they had lost all credibility with the judge, and thus he had no option but to side with the facts presented by the government.
Click here to read an excerpt at ABCNews.com.
Here's a link to the ruling. Click "Full Article" below for some of our own excerpts. More to come, as we go over the ruling in more detail.
#18 Ok for others to give away stuff, but not MS?
Monday April 3rd, 2000 9:56 PM
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Anyone who can't see that a Web browser is as much as a commodity as a TCP/IP stack, or an ethernet driver is blind IMHO.
In fact, the Web paradigm is commodifying operating systems too. It doesn't really matter which OS you are running, or browser, as long as it can display the relevent standards correctly, which is why things like WebTV and an internet-toaster can even be made workable.
Sorry, but no matter how much you blame MS, the fact of the matter is, browsers were going to be commodified and become free, period.
What gets me is that there is no whining that Apache pretty much destroyed Netscape's revenue stream on the high end (servers/business clients), and Apache is effectively bunded with a free OS (Linux, *BSD)
Anyone "buying" Linux/BSD gets Apache for free, already configured and setup, and ready to go.
Microsoft faced MASSIVE demands from developers who wanted easy to use libraries to access HTTP, parse HTML, display HTML, parse XML, etc etc. They *HAD* to bundle the libraries the same way they have to bundle MFC. Java bundles a (poor) HTML engine in Swing, Perl bundles several HTTP/HTML related classes, etc. It's only natural. All programming platforms suffer from bundling and bloat. Just look at Java 1.2 vs Java 1.1 vs Java. Or Perl/Python's distribution. Or Linux, which bundles basically any piece of software for which source exists, and then some.
End users want a computer that is setup for the internet when they turn it on. That means no having to install browsers, TCP/IP stacks, etc. Many computers nowadays have a keyboard button that launches the browser.
Developers on the other hand, want to be able to reuse components of a web browser. On Windows, this means the IE control, and the wininet library.
Netscape did not have a sustainable business model. They had the razor blade, but no blades to sell.