IS99 Real-Time Comments
as of 10/14/99 6:06:07 PM
(4 messages total)
Punishment for Microsoft (5:12:34 PM, in-room, #559)
One rationale for antitrust action against Microsoft might be that
it did in fact engage in prohibited activities which harmed consumers
and competitors in the past. With a sufficiently severe spanking,
Microsoft might think twice about attempting similar behavior in
this new space.
(5:30:50 PM, in-room, #560)
why disrupt an obviously vibrant and fast-changing market (for internet
platform software) before the dust has even begun to settle? if
we have faith in our antitrust department, why not wait until the
damage (if any) is done, or at least knowable? are there in fact
dire consequences if microsoft were to control the (for free) browser
Things would have been different (5:39:06 PM, in-room, #561)
IBM's OS/2 Warp was vastly superior to Windows 95 in a number of
ways, and beat Windows 95 to market by 6 months. If IBM had given
OS/2 Warp away for free when they had the chance, the competitive
landscape would be entirely different. It would have been probable
that we would have a duopoly of operating systems for the PC (and
now a "tri-opoly" with Linux on the scene).
Windows v. Linux/UNIX (5:50:15 PM, in-room, #562)
lose the 1000 character limit!
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