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Mar 29, 2000, 04:10 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Pundits regularly talk about the Windows component of the monopoly. The conclusive evidence of that monopoly is, of course, the relentless success of Internet Explorer -- and the way Windows was used to ensure that success."

"Other comments point out the unassailable Microsoft position in office productivity applications. Certainly, the daily requirement that companies must work with their partners' and customers' Office-format files has prevented many of them from using non-Microsoft products."

"But one aspect of Microsoft's monopoly is more fundamental than either of those; the investment in skill, experience, training, tools, and certification of Windows software developers themselves."

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