__/ [Mark Kent] on Saturday 04 February 2006 07:29 \__
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> nessuno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <nessuno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> "...For 25 years, Microsoft has defined the computer industry. Its
>> MS-DOS operating system powered the first IBM PC in 1981, and its
>> successor, Windows, has become even more dominant....
>> "Microsoft has on occasion overstepped the boundary between sharp
>> marketing practices and illegality. It has used its dominant market
>> position to bully competitors and resellers. Various anti-trust
>> actions have exposed it as an ethically challenged company that will do
>> whatever it takes to improve its market position...
>> "...we could say that there are two big threats to the Microsoft model
>> - the open-source model and the Google model....
>> "Open-source software, as exemplified by the Linux operating system and
>> the Apache web server, is everywhere. Major vendors such as IBM and Sun
>> have embraced it, on the basis that the pie will be bigger, and revenue
>> will come from other areas...
>> "But perhaps an even bigger threat to the Microsoft way of doing things
>> comes from Google and other internet-based outfits.
>> "In many ways Google is proving to be the Microsoft of the 21st
>> century, growing at an astounding rate by adopting technologies and
>> business models suited to an online world light- years away from the
>> environment that nurtured Microsoft and other conventional software
>> "Bill Gates famously missed the importance of the internet, believing
>> until the mid-'90s that a proprietary Microsoft network could compete
>> (Apple made the same mistake).
> I'm not sure that he missed it per se, I think he believed that MS's own
> networking stuff would beat it (not compete, eliminate). This failed
> miserably because the internet was global, so real innovation (ie., not
> the copying stuff) was taking place everywhere. Who could've predicted
> gopher, or a year later, the www evolving on Microsoft's proprietary
Firefox is changing much of that, especially with vendors like Dell that ship
Windows with Firefox as the default browser (only in the UK, as yet). I
still install Firefox on merely many Windows computers that come my way.
It's the least an individual can do to prevent the Net from becoming .NET.
Also see: http://lxer.com/module/newswire/view/53126/index.html
>> Microsoft may have won the browser wars
>> - with inferior technology and dubious marketing practices - but
>> it's a relatively small internet player. If it weren't for the fact the
>> MSN is the default home page on the default browser on most PCs shipped
>> - courtesy of Microsoft's near- monopoly of PC operating systems -
>> it would be even further behind...."
Very true. Let us not forget Outlook's (Express) inclination to refer its
users to Hotmail (MSN).
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