On 14 Oct 2006 11:30:47 -0700, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> 1990-1995: Why the World Went Windows
> ,----[ Some second-level headings ]
>| Avoiding Direct Comparisons
>| Fraud Marketing
>| FUD is a false negative
>| Vaporware is a false positive
> ,----[ Conclusion ]
>| The Means to an End
>| Microsoft was found guilty of manipulating the PC operating
>| system market in the US DOJ's monopoly case. Much of the
>| public evidence collected in the case was not even considered
>| by the court, because the DOJ attempted to present specific
>| charges that only concerned the market for PC operating systems.
>| However, while Microsoft's anti-competitive behavior is no
>| secret, it is also true that the company did actually earn much of
>| its success. It did so by simply planning out effective strategies
>| and working diligently to execute them. In many cases, while
>| Microsoft may have played dirty, the failure of its competitors was
>| often due to incompetence on their part, not simply due to
>| Microsoft's heavy handed hardball with a thick coat of Vaseline.
> Many of the arguments above perfetcly reflect on the tactics used to
> suppress Linux and Open Source software. People need to be
> aware of this...
Yes, since "In many cases, while Microsoft may have played dirty, the
failure of its competitors was often due to incompetence on their part" was
such a genius move on Microsoft's part.