Many local figures cheered the Nov. 5 ruling declaring Microsoft Corp. a monopoly. Some thought the ruling was too harsh. But others believed the ruling was a necessary step to contain the software giant's overwhelming market power.
It's a bit hard to believe that the
judge would not take into account the
millions of Microsoft users that are
unbelievably happy with the products and
service they recieve from Microsoft.
Compitition is great, I suppose that's why
all of the smaller companies had big smiles
on their faces when Microsoft came knocking
at their door with checkbook in hand.
From an entrepreneurial stand point what an accomplishment! Few men have taken a vision to market, executed with precision and became so successful that their empire was deemed a monopoly.
Pam Dixon, Brookline
Now, maybe we can get some good products that are easy to use and actually work.
Tom Evans, Watertown
Millions of happy users? Everyday
people who use Microsoft products
are not happy. Microsoft's products
are difficult to use and unstable.
If competition were fair, it would be easy for another developer to come
along with something more easy to use and more stable and take away market
share from Microsoft.
Many have tried all have failed due to
Microsoft's relentless licensing
behavior where they forbid manufacturers
to bundle non-Microsoft products with
With regard to Microsoft's big checks,
people of course had smiles. That
is the only way to due business with in
the market with Microsoft. If you have
a clever and successful idea, you either
hope that you do not become a blip on
the Microsft radar or if you do, you hope that Microsoft decides to buy you instead of developing a competing product. If they develop a
competing product, you are doomed.
Nell Williams, Lafayette, La.
As an owner of two computers, and as a consumer of Microsoft products, I have not be hurt by Microsoft. I believe this was a personal vendetta by the Justice Department. Is it possible that Bill Gates did not contribute to Clinton's campaign or perhaps did not contribute enough to Clinton/Gore?
I wish Janet Reno's Justice Department would pursue the illegal foreign contributions by the Riady family and the Chinese government to the Clinton/Gore campaign with the same devotion that she went after an American businessman that has given us what Bill Gates gave us, user friendly software at an affordable price.
Chuck Zito, Boston
Nell, give me a break with your political conspiracy theories! All this ruling will do is establish a precedent that unfair practices to restrict competition will not be tolerated. Microsoft will settle and continue to be a driving force in our economy. It's not a big deal, but it shows that the Justice Department will step in when needed. By the way, how fair is it to companies like Netscape, when Microsoft includes Internet Explorer free with Windows software? They put it in for free, so that no one would buy the better Netscape Navigator, and they did it to try to run Netscape out of business. 95% of new computers come with Windows 98 pre-loaded, and that's great, but the browser and other applications should not be forced to be bundled in there also. That's the bottom line.
Ronald Brissenden, Quincy
ABOUT TIME, BREAK THEM UP....
Al Verrier, Burlington
While Microsoft's behavior has been predatory
anyone in the computer industry can tell you that
PC's are cheaper and easier to use because of them.
Almost all software is compatible with
MS products because it has to be. With
no MS to force standardization we would
still be trying to figure out if this
box of software runs with that computer.
However, their behavior in bundling to force companies
to use only their products is wrong. At this point
they are so big that they are starting to damage
the industry by buying out promising products
which then do not get the attention or development
that they deserve.
The judgement of this case must be carefully
done so as not to damage the industry, but still
allow some increased measure of competition.
Yes! Just what we wanted.
This is the real pie in the face
I'm glad the judge ruled against Microsoft,because now many other smaller companies with better products will actually be able to sell them. For example, how many people reading this have Microsoft Word? And how many have Lotus Wordpro? I'll bet most of you haven't even heard of Wordpro, and why because Microsoft's product almost drove it off the market. Many small companies will have better sales at lower prices which is good for all users.
Jack O'Leary, Eugene, Oregon
Winning is everything to Bill Gates.
Too bad he lost this one. Maybe he'll
treat his competition fairly now.