On 11/18/2013 4:31 AM, Telmo Menezes wrote:
In fact, in the 90s Microsoft wasn't too happy with how the web was
suddenly exploding and out of their control. Using their monopolistic
position, they created a browser and gave it away for free, then
stalled its development. This created a tragedy of the commons
situation for the rest of us: we would all benefit from a better web
but this was too costly of a problem for any of us to face
individually, and there was quick profit to be made by just
cooperating with the status quo.

They also used their deep pockets to buy up small innovative companies that produced software that outcompeted parts of their office suite. If the owners didn't want to sell at MS's price, the MS would announce that the *next* release of Windoze was going to include whatever made the competing software better - for free. This of course would immediately kill the market for the competing software and the owners would be forced to sell.

MS also used their position to get computer makers, like Dell, to deliver computers only with MS operating systems. But hey, it's just the "free" market. MS was prosecuted for restraint of trade and might even have been split into an OS company and an application company, except that the Bush administration came into office and essentially dropped the prosecution with a slap on the wrist. The prosecutions in Europe proceeded with a little more severe penalties.


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