"Splitting Microsoft into Applications and OS divisions will
not, despite their protestations, impact the ability of either
company to continue to "develop and innovate". Instead, it will
simply create two companies for investors to buy shares in. In the
short term at least, the interest in them is likely to make their
combined total worth greater than that of the original parent
company. The sum of the parts will be greater than the whole. So,
financially speaking, it makes sense to split."
"Except now that the DoJ is suggesting the idea, MS is crying
fowl. Is it really because this punishment is a fate worse than
death? Or is it because they know that it will not hurt their
company in the slightest? I'd suggest that it will make them even
stronger. It works like this:"
"Once the DoJ and the Courts decide on a "punishment" for
Microsoft, put in place some measures to ensure they don't break
the law again, that's it. So Microsoft splits, separates Explorer
out of Windows and publishes the OS APIs... Once that happens, the
DoJ have hamstrung themselves. They won't be able to go back to
Judge Jackson in a year and cry foul, claiming that MS has
outmaneuvered them again... In the interim, Microsoft separates
Explorer, then re-works all their other key apps, like Office, so
that the help system *must* have Explorer to exploit "advanced"
features. People will load it for that and nothing else.
Then they will move some of the more useful (and currently
secret) APIs away from the OS and into application dll's."
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