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RE: Refund for Bundled Win95
In reply to David E. Y. Sarna's message sent 11/9/97 3:34 PM:
>No one is forced to bundle Microsoft products with their hardware. It is
>slanderous to say otherwise.
Let's examine this curious premise for a moment:
Prior to the consent decree of two years ago, if PC manufacturer X wished
to bundle Windows or MS-DOS with even a single computer, they were
compelled to pay Microsoft a license fee for every box they sold. So
technically you are correct -- they weren't forced to bundle the product,
they (and consumers) were simply forced to pay for it either way.
And before you reply "but they no longer do this," I will ask the
rhetorical question "and why not?" and then ask the less rhetorical
question, "how is the IE4 tying requirement substantially different in
character then the late lamented CPU tax?"
I can tell you: It's the same all-or-nothing package, wrapped with a
Slanderous, my left foot.
Forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit. (Perhaps, someday,
it will give us pleasure to remember this ordeal).
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