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.
#27 "Drivers don't have compitition" At HP t
Tuesday April 4th, 2000 12:07 AM
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I don't use Word. I don't even own a copy of Word. I use Windows, and do "normal word processing functions" several times a week, and yet I'm not tied to Word. No, I don't use WordPro or Word Perfect. I use a DTP program, because I find it much less limiting than word processors. People who truly do "think outside the box" or, in non buzzword terms, think for themselves, find many solutions outside of the 'norm'. Your argument about being locked in not only fails you in this instance, it strengthens the case against MS, in the illegal compulsion of consumers to buy their products.
As for IE, why not include a barebones browser, like Wordpad is a barebones WP program, or Paint is a barebones image creation app (did you know it now handles JPeGs and GIFs? does that mean Photoshop should be free?), and then let people get the full IE later, if they CHOOSE to, like they can CHOOSE a Netscape product or Opera.
BTW: I bought Opera. Three months ago. I love it. Yet I still use NS. Have I been suckered into buying a 'commodity' item? (BTW: this word is being misused here, but anyway) No, I bought a quality product.
Your argument falls flat.
Oh, and drivers are part of a product, just like a power cord or connector cords, etc. It's required to work the product. And even so, HP sells, yes SELLS, enhanced drivers for some of their products. How's THAT for your argument?