March 21, 2004

Microsoft change? Don't hold your breath

This week, barring unexpected developments, the European Commission is expected to tell the world's most powerful monopoly that it can't keep abusing that status. The monopolist in question, Microsoft, won't be especially alarmed.

After all, government competition authorities, especially in Microsoft's home nation, have failed repeatedly to make a dent in the Microsoft fortress. Why should anybody expect anything different this time?

The evidence continues to mount, after all, that the world's biggest software company hasn't changed the methods that got it this far. With some $50 billion in cash plus a stated willingness to spend whatever it takes to prevent any meaningful modification in its behavior, Microsoft has ample resources to fend off just about anything governments can do short of sending in troops.

Link: Mercury News

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