May 22, 2001

Microsoft turns the screws

Author: JT Smith

Kelly McNeill writes ""Microsoft does not have to change the product to increase the flow of revenue. As a monopolist, they can change the price at will. As a monopolist of a product that is *licensed* instead of *sold,* it can also change the price *retroactively.* This means that a company may "buy" a set of Microsoft products, but its term of usage is artificially limited by the terms of the Microsoft contract. Since the "purchase" will be of limited duration, Microsoft can demand that the company do one of the following:"
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