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  •  MS Was a Big Deal (0+ / 0-)

    The MS consent agreement was itself a very big deal before IE/Netscape. It was at the heart of MS dominating applications, a very big business and critical to the operation of most businesses in the US (and beyond). The IE bundling with W95 that broke it was an even bigger deal, as it put Netscape out of business, which killed the company that led the greatest wealth creation era of all time, and impacted that highly interconnected global business and technology wave at its core.

    The actual verdict was that Microsoft was a monopoly and must be remedied as such.

    This was no FTC fine scenario. The natural remedy was breakup of a company as big as AT&T was (or bigger) when broken up, and ramifying far more business - especially innovation - than AT&T's breakup did.

    But they didn't do that. It was a slap on the wrist. Which didn't stop MS stifling the OS and SW development biz. Or stop MS from remaining so complacent that it basically missed both mobile and cloud computing, which eventually presented an area where MS couldn't abuse its monopoly. A decade later than the monopoly verdict.

    All of which is to say that violating the consent decree written by another judge didn't piss off the later judge assessing the punishment.

    I have made no comparison to BP "pissing off" the judge in this story. But he doesn't seem too pissed off, since all he's doing is insisting the original agreement be met, and not ordering anything additional.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 12:25:50 PM PST

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