"The combination of an operating system, e-mail client, Web
browser, and office software has proven to be powerful in the
current market. So powerful, in fact, that the combination has led
many to believe that Microsoft has a lock on the business desktop
market. Even the court found Microsoft to have a monopoly in this
"But that was the old software market. In the new software
market, these pieces don't enable a monopoly, but a choice. Using
open standards and open source, these components can be mixed and
matched, giving the user or IT department maximum flexibility and
control at minimum cost. That's a far cry from giving the software
provider maximum power.
"In the United States, the old software market has the advantage
of being entrenched in business management. But that is not the
case in other nations..."