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[News] Microsoft is an Attack on Both Innovation and Competitive Markets

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft is an Attack on Both Innovation and Competitive Markets
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 03:05:19 +0000
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Scaling up stifling innovation at the Gates Foundation 

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| After years of stifling innovation at 
| Microsoft, why is it assumed that Bill Gates 
| is competent to lead innovation worldwide?



,----[ Quote ]
| Isnât that interesting? While M$ was telling 
| the world it was innovative, it was looking 
| at ways to stifle the competition and to 
| sell consumers stuff they did not need. Note 
| that M$ felt pressure from sub $1000 PCs in 
| 1997. How must they be sweating with PCs at 
| $100-$300 and M$ have raised prices again? 
| Well, the higher-priced units are not 
| selling. The lower-priced units are having 
| to cut prices to compete. That means the 
| cash cow is drying up. Do you really need a 
| quad-core CPU and video card that can do 200 
| frames per second 3D? Do you see competition 
| in the market or do you see OEMs, Intel and 
| M$ colluding to keep prices high? This year, 
| OEMs will be under a lot of pressure to dump 
| M$ because ARM will sell and do it all 
| without the OEMs and without M$. To keep 
| moving units, OEMs will have to cut prices. 
| Hardware is already at rock-bottom, so the 
| cut will have to come in software. Good-bye 
| M$. Hello GNU/Linux.
| Business basically buys no-OS PCs in bulk 
| and writes disc images to them or uses thin 
| client technology. They really have no need 
| for the M$ tax to raise their cost of 
| acquisition. Businesses compete. If the 
| competition adopts GNU/Linux and thin 
| clients, others will follow. Itâs happening.



Effect of Patents on Innovation

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| We recognize that patents have two effects
| (ignoring "invent around" and "revealing
| secrets" both of which are of at best
| minuscule significance): increasing
| innovation by increasing incentives to
| innovate, and decreasing innovation by making
| it more costly to innovate. This paper gives
| us a pretty clean measure of the latter
| effect: the benefit of being able to access
| existing ideas without negotiation or
| licensing raises innovation by around 20%.

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