New Poll Request

Saturday February 27th, 1999

A new PCWeek article states that many antitrust specialists are now believing that the government will not only win its case against Microsoft, but withstand an appeal as well. What will the remedy be?

Our next poll will be "If you needed to propose a remedy at the end of the Microsoft trial, it would be to ______." This time, however, we're doing the poll a little differently.

We'd like you to submit to us possible answers to the remedy question. We'll take our favorite responses, and use ten of them in the poll. If they require extra explanation, we'll do a little news piece to accompany the poll that explains the choices in detail.

So, for now, what we need from you is this: Send email to with your possible remedy for Microsoft's antitrust violations. It should contain a title, _as short as possible_, that describes the remedy (so it fits in the poll space). It should be followed by a short description of the remedy for clarity.

Your remedy can be as useful or as silly as you like. No rules. If you propose castrating Bill Gates in a public display, it might be illegal, but it may be intriguing enough to make it into the poll.

#30 Re:New Poll Request

by Cooler

Wednesday March 3rd, 1999 1:02 PM

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I don't want Microsoft to open-source there software. That is, it's ok with me if they will, but i surely wouldn't want to look at any code MS droids are writing. For a start -- their comments, variable-naming and capitalization styles are disgusting. Not a word about the bugs and the overall bad programming style.

What should be done to Microsoft? Making them invest in competitive companies is not the best idea -- take a look at Borland. It might be good to break it up to baby bills, but the court should ensure that they keep a reasonable level of support to their currently released software -- it would be _really_ terrible if NT, Office, and MSDev users will lose all backing. Another important thing is to forbid them from issuing closed proprietary patents (COM is EVIL. WINS is EVIL).