The issue central to the case was whether Microsoft was allowed to bundle its flagship Internet Explorer (IE) web browser software with its Microsoft Windows operating system. Bundling them together is alleged to have been responsible for Microsoft's victory in the browser wars as every Windows user had a copy of Internet Explorer. It was further alleged that this restricted the market for competing web browsers (such as Netscape Navigator or Opera) that were slow to download over a modem or had to be purchased at a store. Underlying these disputes were questions over whether Microsoft altered or manipulated its application programming interfaces (APIs) to favor Internet Explorer over third party web browsers, Microsoft's conduct in forming restrictive licensing agreements with original equipment manufacturer (OEMs), and Microsoft's intent in its course of conduct.
They deserved to get broken into 3 pieces or so, but due to internal discord they managed to squander their efforts to leverage their monopoly advantage to attack other markets; just like IBM way back in the day.
When I listen to music files or watch videos, I'm never confused about whether I'm watching a file stored locally or remotely, and the difference still seems pretty important.
What would your thoughts on this picture be? There's obviously a Ship of Theseus issue with software versions, plus forks, plus branding.
I've been thinking about this lately, because I've just helped write the latest version of a program that was first released in 1988. A lot of people have made/forked their own versions of it over the years, under various names. Our latest version is the official version, but it's a rewrite, sharing ~1% of code with the last official version. Which is the 'real' one? What's the family tree?
I really don't understand what this antitrust case did. Windows has continued to ship with IE, and that's why everybody uses it. Sure, you don't have the "Active Desktop", but everybody had an IE icon on their desktop and that's how they browsed the internet.
Yeah, but that's just because you are 1337. When you bought a computer, it came with IE. Then you said "Screw this, I'm getting a different browser because of things I heard from other sources." How did the antitrust case help here?
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