Linked by umad on Thu 25th Aug 2011 22:51 UTC
Apple I thought OSNews would be a good forum to talk about a matter that has been weighing on my mind lately primarily because the site has been so focused on Apple's patents and litigation as of late. The news that HP, the largest PC manufacturer in the world is spinning off or getting out of this business is what really prompted me to write this article.
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RE: It's a good point
by Delgarde on Fri 26th Aug 2011 00:20 UTC in reply to "It's a good point"
Delgarde
Member since:
2008-08-19

I can't help wondering now, if Microsoft hadn't stolen from Apple... Then we might still have our Amigas, Ataris, Archimedies and even OS/2 machines... ;)


And the interesting question is - would that be a good thing?

What would the industry look like if the Microsoft desktop monopoly hadn't provided a defacto standard, where developers had to produce apps for all the individual platforms, instead of just one that would work on 99% of all desktop computers?

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RE[2]: It's a good point
by Icaria on Fri 26th Aug 2011 05:23 in reply to "RE: It's a good point"
Icaria Member since:
2010-06-19

Arguably, MS' desktop monopoly created further monopolies. It's unlikely that MS or Adobe would have ported their products to the myriad platforms out there, leaving room for competition.

Hell, it might have even avoided the standards mess. Imagine if Office had to market itself as interoperable in order to compete.

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RE[2]: It's a good point
by ricegf on Fri 26th Aug 2011 11:01 in reply to "RE: It's a good point"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

The smartphone industry today?

While Adobe may not have ported to every platform, WordPerfect did - and provided excellent service for them all to boot. Their murder by Microsoft's questionable business tactics* was a sad chapter in computing history.

Just saying.

(*I'm referring both to their use of undocumented APIs in Windows to prevent Office competitors from achieving feature parity plus the entire OS/2 / Windows bait-and-switch scam, for example.)

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