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PRNewswire: ... The Facts Are Clear, A Windows Breakup Will Cost Consumers and IT Sector $30 Billion

Feb 25, 2000, 18:29 (40 Talkback[s])

"A leading American economist today set the record straight on the higher costs that will result from an artificial breakup of the Windows operating system. Consumers and the IT sector will pay the price of a $30 billion increase in software costs if Windows is broken up as some Microsoft critics and government attorneys seem to be advocating."

"The study, authored by Professor Stan Liebowitz of the University of Texas at Dallas and presented today by the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT), specifically addresses recent papers that claim there would be no costs associated with a Windows breakup. Professor Liebowitz' paper uses real- world, fact-based examples from the high-tech marketplace to support his conclusion that breaking Windows into competing versions will result in consumers seeing fewer choices and higher prices for software."

"'People are living in a fool's paradise if they think that the Windows standard will remain intact if the product is divided among multiple companies,' Dr. Liebowitz said. 'Just look at what has happened with the Unix and Linux operating systems where competing versions are nowhere near compatible.'"

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