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.
#19 drivers don't have compitition
by johnlar <email@example.com>
Monday April 3rd, 2000 10:05 PM
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<i>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</i><br> A TCP/IP stack is an TCP/IP stack, there is little difference between them. There is a difference between bundling an advances program that has compitition and is not standardized, and bundling some standard drivers/stacks. Unless there is something wrong with the driver generally you don't try to get the latest and greatest version to conform to the lastest types of TCP/IP. Yes a web browser is a commodity, word processors are important commodities, but to this day Word is still sold seperatly, do you know why, because they have got you locked into Word through other means.