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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do you people really not get it?
by TechGeek on Tue 15th May 2012 02:53 UTC
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yes, IOS has a big market share in tablets. But Apple didn't leverage a monopoly on a desktop OS to get it there. IOS gained market share because of timing and polish. Its not illegal to have a monopoly. Period. The problem Microsoft has is that it ALREADY HAS a monopoly on desktop OS's. And Windows 8 will be the same regardless of platform. They are taking their desktop browser and putting it in win 8 RT and not allowing anyone else to do the same. If it was some entirely new OS separate from Windows, there wouldnt be a problem as everyone would be on the same level field. But that isn't what Microsoft is doing. Hence the complaints and oversight.

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

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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