Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th May 2012 15:20 UTC
Windows "Senate Judiciary Committee staffers plan to take a look at allegations that Microsoft has made it difficult for competing Web browsers to run on a certain version of Windows, an aide to Antitrust subcommittee Chairman Herb Kohl told The Hill Thursday." Good. We have to nip this in the bud, and with a bit of luck, it alerts Washington to the iOS situation as well. More browser competition equals a better web - mobile devices aren't magically exempt from this just because they have no keyboard. As simple as that.
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Alfman
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2011-01-28

TechGeek,

I've mentioned this exact point a few times. Monopolies and antitrust seem to be surprisingly poorly understood here.

http://www.osnews.com/thread?517869

Even if microsoft were to open up a pogo stick factory and have very little market share, it might well get in trouble if it somehow used it's existing monopoly to harm competitors in the pogo stick market. It's a silly example but in order to move the discussion forward it's crucial to nail the point that microsoft's existing monopoly can violate antitrust regardless of it's share in the new market.


"Its not illegal to have a monopoly."

Yep, it doesn't matter that you have a monopoly, it just matters what you do with it.

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