"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
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