Linked by David Adams on Tue 29th Sep 2009 14:41 UTC
Microsoft In part three of TechCrunch's interview with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, they discuss web browsers. Ballmer calls Chrome and Safari marketshare numbers a "rounding error," and takes note of the fact that Google is going to be calling both its OS and browser "Chrome," pointing out that in this modern era, "the notion of operating systems being independent of internet access and internet ability to render important things in the internet is kind of not a sensible concept." In other words, he thinks it's unfair to persecute Microsoft for tying IE to Windows. He discusses Firefox, and rags on Google's OS strategy, and finished up on an evaluation of the Netbook/MID market and how Microsoft intends to compete there.
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by ThomasFuhringer on Wed 30th Sep 2009 14:22 UTC in reply to "RE: ..."
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Microsoft enjoys this monopoly type of position because the government gave them the monopoly through excessive (long) intellectual property protection. Now the government is out to 'break' the monopoly.

Patents and copyrights are by definition government awarded monopolies. Their justification was to provide enough of an incentive for people to create immaterial value. Obviously something has gone too far here. This should be fixed and not people restricted in what products they can provide.

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