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Microsoft Hoist by its Own Anti-Anti-Competitive Petard

Mar 01, 2010, 21:32 (11 Talkback[s])
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"One of the decisive moments in computing history was when Microsoft was investigated for and found guilty of breaching US rules on anti-competitive behaviour.

"Microsoft's line in defending itself was that it was not anti-competitive, that this investigation was all down to desperate, failed competitors trying to take their petty revenge by setting the government on the company, and that it should be allowed to “innovate”, untrammelled by those silly governmental authorities that just don't understand all this groovy technology stuff.

"That played very well in certain constituencies, but was a risky strategy, because it created what was in effect a huge ticking time-bomb, just waiting to blow up in Microsoft's face. It has now exploded, as a recent posting on Microsoft's legal and policy site makes clear:"

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