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SJ Mercury: Still defiant, Microsoft showing no hint of remorse or compromise

May 01, 2000, 13:12 (13 Talkback[s])

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"Microsoft's insistence that it can make any software a part of Windows, no matter what the intent as long as even one consumer finds it useful, is an arrogant claim. And while some kinds of Internet services do belong in an operating system, an operating system should be modular enough to allow competition for things like displaying Web pages."

"Gates insisted Friday that Windows would never have been created if it weren't for the close ties between the company's applications software and operating systems units. The Windows standard has, on balance, boosted the computer industry. Maybe, instead, we'd have had a leaner, faster, more secure operating system than the bloated, unstable mess that Windows and its kissing cousins in the Office software suite have provided."

"The most offensive part of the Microsoft news conference was the company's continuing arrogance. When Gates, Ballmer et al rail that any of these court-ordered modifications to their behavior or structure would cripple innovation, they're telling us that Microsoft defines innovation. Oh, please."

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