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ECIS Provides A History of Microsoft's AntiCompetitive Behavior

Apr 22, 2009, 13:33 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)

"The paper mentions the netbook market in the section on the patent threats. Not only are the patents Microsoft claims are infringed not identified, they are of questionable value after recent court decisions, and no one can make sense of the current patent climate in the US to even know if they are or are not violating someone's patents, and that is just as true of proprietary as with Open Source software, the paper notes, ending that section like this:

""Microsoft has sought to exploit the current absence of clarity in patent law in order to deter consumers from taking up offerings competing with Microsoft's own products."

"I'd be very happy to see raised also the issue of what is happening to Linux in the netbook market. Seriously, try to buy a netbook with Linux preinstalled, even ones that used to be available, from any store you find and see what happens. Then try to buy one with XP on it. Note a difference? Why might that be? Read this paper, I suggest, and you may get some ideas.

"To any who might be tempted to imagine there is a "new" Microsoft, I would like you to read this sentence from the section on WordPerfect:

""Microsoft also used its monopoly power to control industry standards, thus requiring WordPerfect to implement proprietary technology or risk incompatibility with Windows."

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