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Re: Who Is Bundling?
Christopher Pall wrote:
> Well, the real issue here is whether or not Microsoft is integrating the ActiveX
> platform with other products so that it can take advantadge of it's monopoly on the OS.
> And the answer here is (as usual) Yes! MS, by interleaving every product they have with
> ActiveX, everyone who doesn't know how to install a plug-in or doesn't want to purchase
> the additional plug-in, must use MSIE or select a non-MS product for their
> Word-Processor, Development System, Publishing System, yada yada yada. Think software
> is where this is ending? Of course not? As mentioned in other threads... Microsoft is
> trying to make this a even more mute-choice by out-and-out bribery by their recent
> acquisitions of TCI, Comcast, etc... Now you will be "influenced" to use MSIE to view
> ABCNews, do your banking. Ahh, the choice is so much easier for us now.
Apparently MS really, really wants to push ActiveX, even to the extent
of running misleading ads on how it is used. Check out this very
interesting report by Andrew Schulman (of "Unauthorized Windows 95",
"Undocumented Windows", and "Undocumented DOS" fame):
InActiveX: What You Won't Find In Hell's Kitchen