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
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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