Linked by David Adams on Tue 5th Aug 2008 21:20 UTC, submitted by JCooper
Microsoft Microsoft . . . complained in its annual report that it was facing increasing pressure from open source companies. It claims they are stealing its ideas and benefiting from its intellectual property. "A number of commercial firms compete with us using an open source business model by modifying and then distributing open source software to end users at nominal cost and earning revenue on complementary services and products." Also see analysis at Microsoft Watch.
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RE: Yeah...
by _txf_ on Tue 5th Aug 2008 22:29 UTC in reply to "Yeah..."
_txf_
Member since:
2008-03-17

The price you pay for getting labeled a monopoly is you have to play by different rules that aren't always fair.


I would argue the way microsoft used its monopoly power in the past (and still is) isn't fair on its competitors either.So does it cancel out?

Edited 2008-08-05 22:30 UTC

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RE[2]: Yeah...
by flanque on Tue 5th Aug 2008 23:54 in reply to "RE: Yeah..."
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2005-12-15

They're not a monopoly. I can just as easily buy a Mac or a Linux preloaded computer as I can a Windows one.

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by pixel8r on Wed 6th Aug 2008 02:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Yeah..."
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2007-08-11

They're not a monopoly. I can just as easily buy a Mac or a Linux preloaded computer as I can a Windows one.


Wrong. They ARE a monopoly. A monopoly does not mean they have no competition. It just means they control enough of the market that their competition is insignificant.

As far as i know, monopolies are not necessary illegal either. However I would suggest that given MS's past business practices, they could probably qualify as an illegal monopoly, because of the way they have bullied competitors (embrace,extend,extinguish?) and abused their market share.

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RE[3]: Yeah...
by JamesTRexx on Wed 6th Aug 2008 12:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Yeah..."
JamesTRexx Member since:
2005-11-06

They're not a monopoly. I can just as easily buy a Mac or a Linux preloaded computer as I can a Windows one.


Yes, that's why every model on sites like Dell, HP, etc. has an option to choose between Windows, Linux, BSD, or no OS at all. >.<

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by melkor on Thu 7th Aug 2008 03:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Yeah..."
melkor Member since:
2006-12-16

I'd really beg to differ. Microsoft is a monopoly, as has been found out legally in several countries now. It is far easier to get a Windows based computer, or a Mac, than it is a Linux based computer. Far easier.

Dave

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