Microsoft Hatred FAQ

David Schwartz davids at
Sat Oct 22 06:47:27 CEST 2005

"Steven D'Aprano" <steve at> wrote in message 
news:pan.2005. at

> That's basic economics. Something which can be allowed or ignored or even
> encouraged when done by small businesses in a competitive market can
> easily become harmful and bad for the economy when done by a monopolist or
> duopolist in an uncompetitive market.

    Microsoft goal is and should be their own success, not the success of 
the economy or the market in general. Microsoft's status of a "monopolist" 
is only meaningful if you define the market as "desktop operating systems 
for 32-bit x86 computers". There is no way Microsoft could have expected the 
market to be defined in this way and no way to argue that Microsoft had any 
reason to believe their conduct was illegal.


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