PC Magazine: Not a Monopoly, Marketing

[ Thanks to Anthony
for this link. ]

“Microsoft is not a monopoly; it just pretends to be one. In
fact, what’s gotten the company into trouble is its scheme to cover
up the fact that the PC is a proprietary platform designed and
owned by Microsoft.”

“IBM got early credit for the platform, but when IBM rolled out
its PS/2 machines and the Micro Channel, IBM found Microsoft owned
the platform. Once Windows fully arrived, Microsoft took brutal

“Microsoft owns the specifications and essentially licenses them
on a no-fee basis, so the company feels no obligation to let other
companies do whatever they want on the system…”

“The fact that other operating systems can run on the
Microsoft Windows PC is actually amazing. But the fact that few
people use these other systems is no surprise.”

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