"So it is that companies who choose to develop for Microsoft
platforms experience boom-and-bust cycles. Netscape, for example,
had a huge market share until Microsoft decided to flood the market
with a free Internet browser they "bought" from the National Center
for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Microsoft "bought" it by
promising to pay a percentage royalty on any Windows version it
sold...then refused to charge money for the Windows
"Now a new threat is now on the horizon, a new Microsoft scheme
which endangers even the ability to engage in a survival-move to
new market niches. What does Microsoft call this new scheme?
"Yes, the people at Microsoft, the purveyor of insecure products
for the uninformed, has decided to offer a diabolical tradeoff: Let
us write software APIs that require any application to be
"pre-approved," they say. Let us build new Windows versions that
will only run application programs that have Microsoft-approved
"signatures." If you don't want viruses, they claim, you will have
to give up the ability to run "foreign" (competing) applications
from "unknown parties" (new competitors)."
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