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In the Briefcases of Gates' Lawyers
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Charles Mueller, Editor
ANTITRUST LAW & ECONOMICS REVIEW
From: "David Lloyd-Jones" <email@example.com>
charles mueller's latest contribution to the fantasy world of Bill Gates
>They're the ones Bill Gates' lawyers have committed to memory--and briefed
>him on, and carefully explained to him, as they assured him over the years
>that he has every "right" under the antitrust laws to monopolize "his"
Since Microsoft sells roughly a third as much software as IBM -- the score
being roughly $11 billion to $30 billion in 1996, I believe --
and since IBM and Microsoft are merely two of the thousands of companies
making and selling software, this "monopoly" stuff looks like a load of
bollocks to me.
Even in industries which Microsoft created from nothing, microcomputer BASIC
and Intel-based operating systems being two good examples, Gates's company
is today a niche player. A large niche player, it may be said, but in both
of those two its competitors include IBM, recently returned to competence.
Other very competent companies, including Symantec, Borland, and Novell
compete in one or the other of these.
There is a pattern for successes in the computer industry: companies that
make good products and sell them cheap have a tendency to wipe out companies
selling less good products at high prices. This Gates sold DOS for $65 in
the teeth of the inferior CP/M being retailed for $245. Phillipe Kahn made
a business out of Borland's garage invention of the IDE (Integrated
Development Environment) selling first an IDE for the C language, and then
others later, for a few hundred dollars -- a cheap price for the vast
productivity increases they brought about. Later Kahn/Borland became
dominant in Pascal through the mysterious trick of putting out a fast, easy
to use, and well documented version for $99 against competitors with
inferior product at three or more times the price. Scandalous behaviour,