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.

#34 Re:New Poll Request

by CPT

Thursday March 4th, 1999 7:38 PM

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Well, if you want to get really medieval on Bill ...

make him use (and support) OS/2

More realisticly, I've heard lots of suggestions about splitting up MS into several companies, but the question is whether to split it up by the markets (one OS company, one applications company, and one developement company) or into three "baby bills" (separate companies that each compete in the same markets as the others.) I think I'm in favor of the the former (split by markets) since there are already companies in that market.

But how do you keep the babies from acting as one company (ie. the os company making special deals with the app. company)?

At any rate, flat and open pricing - charging the same price for every license sold, regardless of volume or any other consideration - should be the order of the day.