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.
Monday April 3rd, 2000 10:25 PM
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There was competition for TCP stacks before windows. Trumpet sold one, Hummingbird sold another, and FTP Software sold ye another.
Furthermore, not all stacks are created equal. Some don't support IPsec, and some don't support multithreading/SMP very well, leading to scalability problems. But no one can do without a TCP/IP stack nowadays. You can't even DOWNLOAD one without TCP/IP given the death of customer support BBSes.
Not bundling a Web browser is like not bundling the GUI. Why aren't you complaining about GDI? I mean, MS could easily have allowed X11 to be installed on NT instead of GDI.
In fact, given NT's microkernel architecture, a Unix clone could have been run on top of NT. How far do you take this?
Fact: Almost all new applications are either Web based, or, are client-side, but with significant Web-oriented GUI components. Take apps like Outlook99, or Quicken99, which have alot of web-oriented pieces in them. In the future, many client-side apps will be XUL.
Not including an HTML rendering component with the OS is like not including a GUI toolkit. It's ridiculous. People would have to download browsers to even use their computer. But without a browser, they'd have a tough time finding or downloading a browser in the first place.
If all future apps start to use XUL, then an XUL library will have to be bundled with the OS.
Where are the complaints about Linux? The average Linux distribution gives away everything and bundles *everything*. It hurts people who try to sell web servers, it hurts Novell, it hurts small database vendors who can't compete with MySQL/Postgres, etc.
Linux people don't complain because they realize that many of these companies have to change their business model. They can't sell software anymore in their market. That's reality. That's what happened to Netscape. No one wants to pay for Web browsers anymore, and people don't want to waste time downloading and installing them.
Netscape is a casuality of this fact. The fact that the company didn't adapt is their problem.