New Poll

Saturday March 20th, 1999

We've placed a new poll up, just in time for the Oscars.

The MS remedy poll generated a lot of conversation, and the poll results were interesting:

23% (346) open the source code to Windows under an appropriate Open Source license
22% (326) break MS into separate divisions
11% (163) line up all takers to give Bill G. wedgies
9% (144) publish all Windows APIs
8% (127) prohibit MS from entering into exclusive contracts
8% (131) allow OEMs to ship products from MS competitors, irregardless of current license terms
4% (72) treat MS as a utility
4% (68) completely modularize Windows
3% (51) do nothing
2% (40) levy financial penalties that go to non-profit or free software projects

#5 Some remedies implememented today

by Eaton Messner

Saturday March 20th, 1999 11:54 PM

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Microsoft publishes all APIs to all application vendors. Can you name an exception?

Microsoft does not prevent OEMs from shipping competing products. Many OEM's ship Nagivator, AOL and what have you. Dell is shipping Linux.

Microsoft consists of a number of divisions today. Do you want more of them? Or did you mean break Microsoft into a number of companies?