October 4, 2001
Microsoft's bundling business may backfire
Author: JT Smith
Kelly McNeill writes: "As Microsoft integrates more applications into Windows, essentially giving them away for free, its competitors are forced to follow suit. The end result of these actions has caused many consumers to download competing applications, install them for free and enjoy the benefits of upgrading without paying Microsoft for the privilege. The PC sales slowdown also threatens Microsoft's Windows revenue. Microsoft's tying Windows to PC sales has caused the company to experience the same hardships that hardware manufacturers are currently experiencing."