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.
#8 Re: Nope, sorry, WRONG
Monday April 3rd, 2000 6:02 PM
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At the time the case went to court, Netscape still commanded over 50% of the market. If anyone had a monopoly, it was Netscape.
And don't forget that atleast 20% of IE's marketshare came from AOL. And there is one FUNDAMENTAL reason why IE is the better browser than Netscape when it comes to embeddeding it in applications: IE's rendering engine is a component. Netscape's is a monolithic browser.
AOL wanted to use Netscape, but AOL can't change the look-and-feel of AOL's client without upsetting their user base, which gets confused if you move even a single menu button.
Netscape either didn't have, or didn't want, "just their rendering engine" to be used behind-the-scenes to replace AOL's TurboWeb renderer.
IE's HTML control is almost a no-brainer drop-in that allows any developer to integrate a browser in their app easily. Netscape is no where near the same level of effort.
If I was making decisions at AOL, I would have decided to use IE too, whether it was an MS product or not. It offered competitive features, but a much quicker and less risky development model.
Netscape lost AOL because Netscape didn't pay attention to the needs of developers. Gecko won't suffer the same fate, because Gecko can be used independently of the chrome/browser functionality.
Like I said, you cannot totally lay the blame of Netscape's demise on MS. If it wasn't MS, it would have been Spyglass, Opera, or an open-source project that killed them.