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There are many more forces positioned against Microsoft, only
some of which are currently visible. Remember John Malone,
former president of TCI. He made a speech in which he stated
the corporate equivalent of "I will bury you" to the telephone
companies. Ever since then, both he and his company suffered.
There are multiple sources of power in the US despite substan-
tial centralization of power and wealth. Some of these forces
do not take lightly mistakes of brash newcomers, like Malone
and like Gates. Moreover, Gates' personal ownership of MS will
be held against him...sharing the wealth is an important aspect
of the powers-that-be in corporate America.
Here are some of the forces that Gates will encounter: The
broadcasting industry (over trying to control the set-top),
the cable industry (same as first), consumer electronics
industry (over 480line/60Progressive standard for advanced
TV), with the Grand Alliance members (same as above), with
telephone companies (over Internet telephony and cheap,
universal Internet access).
There are others who may well end up on a collision course
S, particularly if the company does not improve its communications
with others. The arrogance of MS executives is unmistakable and
raised hackles everywhere last year at the National Association
These oppositional forces may seem insignificant but I don't
think they are. The broadcasters and telephone companies, in
particular, exercise great power in both NY and Wash DC and
can put a spoke in just about anybody's wheel if they put
their minds to it.
I am hoping that these forces will converge, not so much
to injure MS as to improve it.
I think the company is running scared because it nearly
lost control of the desktop to Netscape by failing to
recognize the threat that it and the Internet represented
to its dominance. Now MS is determined that this will *
never* happen again, especially in the convergence of
the PC and the TV.
The trouble arises when a company (like a person) makes
its decisions based on fear. It is causing MS to take
aggressive postures that serve to unite its opposition.
Just my 2 cents.