Eight Years Later, Is Microsoft Still a Monopoly?
Posted 08 November 2007 - 10:55 PM
While it is true that Firefox and Google desktop are bundled on many new machines, Mozilla.org and Google, respectively, must pay to have these included while Microsoft bundles MSN Live Search with Windows Vista (and gives preference to its own search) without paying OEMs. Further, new initiatives from Microsoft such as paying customers to use MSN Live search show that it is still earning monopoly rent from Windows and Office products that it can use to grow into unrelated markets and harm competition.
Documentation for Windows APIs is still poor and regardless of Microsoft's claims, it is practically impossible to know for certain whether any hidden APIs exist in Windows to disadvantage competitor products and give its own products a performance advantage.
At a minimum, 10 more years of oversight are necessary to ensure Microsoft does not continue to violate antitrust law.
Posted 09 November 2007 - 12:24 AM
Posted 09 November 2007 - 07:22 PM
Apple has 70% of the "MP3 player" market because the iPod is incredibly well designed and easy to use, as is iTunes, and to a lesser extent, iTunes Music Store. Nobody forces Apple's customers to use these products. Apple doesn't use their dominance in one market to achieve dominance in a different market.
Posted 10 November 2007 - 07:13 AM
Will they be viable in 5 years? Yes, maybe even the leader still. Will Windows be around? No, not if they're smart, not with that name.
In the retail/consumer markets, MS has to do a better job at building positive views about their brand and its operating system: their reliability, stability, security and - how much fun it is. A better job at marketing/promotion will keep MS's market share from sliding too far and keep them leading the markets.
But hey, they're products are nice (no I'm not a fanboy). It's kinda like marriage - you stick with something so long, you start looking at what others have and saying, "oooh, that's nice." Till you try it out and it has gout, gangrene and gingivitis.
Anyway, MS is here, will always be here, and will always have competition limiting their ability to become a monopoly.
Posted 10 November 2007 - 09:22 AM
But it's easier to just gripe about Microsoft's success... meanwhile... can I run IE instead of Safari on on iPhone, can I use anything other than iTunes to manage music for an iPod? No? So why not ask this monopoly question of Apple instead of Microsoft?
Posted 10 November 2007 - 01:11 PM
FACT: People still choose to buy Windows boxes, which is why the market share is so high.
Inference: People want to use Windows, despite all the whiners... Why else would people be buying it when there is a stable competition? Why would they be pirating it.
And don't tell me you need a Windows app... ever heard of Wine. The truth is that people WANT Windows or they buy elsewhere. Thats simple economics...
Posted 10 November 2007 - 01:17 PM
Posted 10 November 2007 - 01:28 PM
The monopoly will have been broken only when Average Joe User can buy a cheap PC off the shelf with no Microsoft components.
(Macs are not cheap, and my church secretary doesn't have a prayer with Linux.)
Posted 10 November 2007 - 02:00 PM
Many people don't even realize they have a choice. All they see in the store is Windows, so they think that must be all there is. They here all the FUD info about Apple's being more expensive, and don't know enough about computers to realize that comparing like to like, Apples are no more expensive, and often cheaper than the Dells, HPs, Gateways, etc that they end up buying. These are the same people who actually believe places like Best Buy are the best choice for PC service. Mention Firefox to them, and watch their eyes glaze over, wondering what you are talking about. "Do you mean to say there's another way to access the internet besides clicking on the blue "e"? Well, I learned to click on the e. If I try to learn something else, I'll just get confused or break something." There's a LOT of people who consider getting a file attached to an outgoing email a big accomplishment. Those people are more typical than the readers of PC World.
As far as Wine is concerned, it has a limited set of applications with which it works. It is certainly not a viable alternative to Windows, at least at this point.
Posted 10 November 2007 - 03:45 PM
The question is not whether MS is "still" a monopoly, but whether, (and this is what got them in trouble) they are still illegally using their monopoly position to hurt their competition (such as there is).
Note that Judge Jackson's declaration that MS is a monopoly was a SEPARATE matter from ruling on the charge that they illegally used that monopoly position to strangle their competition.
As long as 95% of computers run Windows, MS has a monopoly in the OS market. I think they will need oversight as long as they keep showing a tendency to illegally abuse that power. As long as they play fair, their monopoly is just something to be envied!
Posted 11 November 2007 - 03:32 AM
The ease with which Microsoft first won the deal - prior to Nigeria's backing away from the deal after announcing it - demonstrates the monopolistic, persuasive power Microsoft still wields in the technology industry.
At least 10 more years of antitrust oversight are necessary to ensure Microsoft, the court-convicted monopolist felon, does not revert to its tried-and-true monopolist tactics of the 90s.
Posted 11 November 2007 - 01:15 PM
Posted 11 November 2007 - 01:23 PM
So tell us, how do you uninstall IE? If we don't want to use it, we shouldn't be forced to keep it on our hard drives, right? Can WMP be uninstalled easily, or do we have to waste hard drive space storing it, also?
It's one thing to bundle software. It's quite another to force users to keep it.
Posted 11 November 2007 - 02:27 PM
Posted 12 November 2007 - 05:32 AM
Posted 15 January 2008 - 12:15 AM
I don't mind MS holding a 95% share of the market "PROVIDED" they got it honestly, which they didn't.
The point is, the terrorists destroyed the New York trade center, now you can go bomb Afganastan, Iraq, Iran etc. you can pay millions of dollars in compensation to the victims etc. But the bottom line is, until those twin towers are fully rebuilt "IT AIN'T FIXED".
So I'd like to send a message to Judge Keller.Until MS is pushed back down to 30-40% market share "IT AIN'T FIXED".
Posted 22 October 2011 - 07:05 PM
Microsoft is embedded in every level of state government. Hardware vendors and retail outlets cater to Microsoft exclusively. They have a large war chest of money and a army of lobbyist to insure that they keep raking in the cash.
My state has no bid contracts with Microsoft. How about yours?