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.
#40 This isn't about IE, it's about Microsoft.
Tuesday April 4th, 2000 9:07 AM
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Microsoft wasnīt punished for being succesful, but for using that success to crush its competitors. IE might be the best browser, but that doesn't give Microsoft the right to include it with the OS. (For a fair competition, there would have to be a Netscape operating system (WinMoz?). Now THAT would be interesting.
Letīs remember that Gates didnīt play fair, starting with his stealing of Macīs ideas for a GUI. Worst of all, its operating system implementation was terrible. And because of the UNDOCUMENTED features (MS-DOS), etc. very few users could use OS/2 or other operating systems because they weren't 100% MS-DOS compatible (ever heard of DR-DOS? you get the idea).
The reason why free (or at least cheap), good operating systems arenīt in our machines is because Microsoft keeps inventing new standards and gives them to big companies, so we can't develop any good, windows-compatible OS because the commercial programs would demand MS-exclusive features (registry, system Tray, etc..)
And i can remember a freeware DOC2HTML that got sued by Microsoft and had to be removed from the web.
Maybe i could disagree with the government... IF AND ONLY IF Microsoft really gave us good products (this program requires VBRUN300.DLL - ugh!)
OK, now that i exposed my end-user point of view, let's celebrate.
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