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Re: What they're up to
In reply to Gene Gaines's message sent 11/26/97 3:58 PM:
>I question your comparison of Microsoft to AT&T.
>As a communications manager, and a competitor, as a user, I
>have had many problems with AT&T. Let's look at AT&T a few years
>ago when they were a monopoly. In my view, AT&T remains the most
>service-minded large corporation in the world. Their innovations
>are legion. The highest quality products. The highest quality
>service. Perfect? No.
>Microsoft engages in dishonest and illegal business practices.
>They focus on positioning to kill competition, not on innovation,
>not on quality. Then they wrap their product with a License
>Agreement which essentially disavows any responsibility for meeting
>specifications, for performance, even for merchantability.
>During the monopoly years, AT&T focus was on making the highest
>quality network in the world.
>Since its encounter with Gary Kildall, Microsoft focus has been on
I certainly don't accuse AT&T of anything illegal, immoral or fattening.
But as someone who lived through the monopoly days of the telephone
industry, I can can recall a certain level of indifference to the captive
consumer. I imagine we all can. There the similarity between Microsoft
and the pre-breakup AT&T ends.
In the time it takes me to boot up my Windows 95 PC in the
morning, Big Bill's portfolio gains a cool million or so
in value. The crime of it all seems obvious to no one but me.
-- Skinny DuBaud, CNET
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