Microsoft Wins, You Lose

Walt Mossberg (Wall Street Journal): Microsoft Has Good Year, At Expense of Customers. The settlement reached in October, now pending before yet another federal judge, does bar some offensive Microsoft behavior. But much of it pertains to the company’s relations with the hapless makers of PCs, which aren’t in any position to defy Microsoft. It isn’t about consumer choice, except indirectly; it’s more about placating Microsoft’s competitors or partners. And it’s all about the past, not the future battle in Internet services. It doesn’t touch the company’s ability to use Windows XP to extend its monopoly to these new areas.


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