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Re: Evidence of tying
Tod Landis wrote:
> The problem is that if a vendor completely controls the browser
> side, they can drive for dominance of the server side, and from
> there to dominance of applications.
While it's horrible for any company to control a monopoly on a market, I think
the really important issue here is that by having a monopoly in one market and
using that sway over an industry to establish other monopolies in the hope of
controlling an entire industry from top to bottom.
At one time, my company, Netscape, had an apparent monopoly over the browser
and server business. While I personally felt that it wasn't necessarily the
best thing, it was such a small section of the entire industry that it didn't
really affect the industry as a whole.
However, Netscape has always had a different approach to business than
Microsoft. From the outset, we chartered ourselves as a software company that
did what we do, and tries to do it well. We decreed to ourselves that we
wouldn't compete with our partners, such as excite and yahoo, and offer
content services such as search engines and indexes. This was because we did
have an apparent monopoly at the time, and to do so would be unfair to the
Internet commerce subindustry as a whole.
Microsoft's technique is significantly different. Just like prior to the
release of Windows when they went around purchasing companies with emerging
GUI operating systems that ran on top of MS-DOS then closing them down to the
point of not even refunding or fufilling pre-orders, they are aggressively
trying destroy all facets of competition on the Internet. It doesn't even
*begin* at the browser market, it's just the most advanced at this point.
Microsoft is currently sinking vast amounts of money into building a search
engine that will crush the competition in an already seemingly established
niche market. They have already fairly successfully made the "sidewalk"
series of sites, which provide metropolitain event planning. They've actually
almost totally nailed the online airline reservation market. In fact, their
range of services being developed and researched are so vast that soon, they
will have a case for being one of the only information providers on the
Internet. Then, once the digital television satellite network is deployed
using the hundreds of USSR ICBM's they purchased a year ago and their vast
amounts of money, they will be able to establish themselves as the premier
cable/Internet access providers, with a gateway to... you guessed it, MSN.
Why do you think that TCI and others have come out and said "Microsoft will
not control cable". Fear. Because, at their current rate of expansion where
because of their monopoly building practices they make $5 for every $1
expended on establishing a monopoly, there is no reason for them to not try to
control the entire trillion dollar industry.
Paranoia? I wish. This public awareness of Microsoft's dubious business
practices is coming at a good time, because they're under the magnafying glass
at a critical point in their master plan. And, the company that will bring it
to you is the company that didn't believe that there was any need to encrypt
passwords in win95 and that private keys can be stored unencrypted in the
Robert Mark Waugh
Senior Software Engineer