Reasons to Avoid Microsoft
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- 1,187 pages of final filings for Microsoft remedy - Software firm, attorneys general mostly rehash points for judge
'The fundamental issue,' [an attorney] said, is that 'Microsoft still
doesn't recognize, acknowledge or in any way deal with the fact that both
the district court and the appeals court found that they engaged in
anticompetitive actions to stifle new technologies that had the potential
to undermine their monopoly power.'
- States Call Microsoft Out on Music
A Microsoft official acknowledged Tuesday that the company uses a new
feature in its Internet Explorer Web browser to play digital music files
even if the user has already chosen a different music player. ...
[Companies] such as RealNetworks have complained that Microsoft frequently
overrides user preferences. ... RealNetworks also complained that the
search feature in Microsoft's Windows XP ... fails to find RealNetworks
- Court Is Told Microsoft Kept Strategy Even After Ruling
(New York Times,
[Microsoft] bundled more multimedia features into Windows XP
even after a judge ruled the company had illegally integrated extra
functions into the operating system to protect its monopoly...
The states say that Microsoft designs such dependencies purposely to
make it difficult to comply with court orders to unbundle functions
- Microsoft Denies RealNetworks Charge
Microsoft says that if the media player was removed, the broad
scope of the states' proposals would mean that Windows would
not be able to play any sound or video at all - which would break
many multimedia programs.
- More embarrassing Microsoft e-mail - Memo: 'Streaming media ... likely to follow a similar pattern'
The memo declares, 'Winning in streaming media is likely to
follow a similar pattern to how the Web evolved.'
- Microsoft, RealNetworks battle - MIT professor takes stand again after fumbling answers as states' attorney grilled him Wednesday
Microsoft is 'clearly trying to mislead the court,' Sheeran [vice President
of RealNetworks] said in an interview. ... A computer expert testifying on
behalf of Microsoft Corp. in the ongoing antitrust action stumbled several
times while on the stand Wednesday.
- Microsoft Tried to Buy Nintendo
Following last month's rather shocking revelation that Microsoft had
originally tapped Sega to develop the Xbox, it's now been revealed that
at one point Microsoft was dealing with Nintendo too. In fact, Microsoft
was all but set to outright buy the company.
- Microsoft's $40 billion bet
No other nonfinancial firm has more liquid money at its disposal, and only a
handful of banks do. It's more cash than Ford, ExxonMobil and
Wal-Mart have combined, and nearly four times as much as Intel,
the tech company with the next largest cash balance. It is enough to
buy the entire airline industry -- twice. Or all the gold in Fort
Knox, four times over. It is enough to buy 23 space shuttles or
every major professional baseball, basketball, football and hockey
team in America. It is an enviable stash. Who wouldn't love to
have a bank account like that?
- Microsoft prohibits GPLed work via licensing of CIFS standards
Microsoft is trying a new tactic, a combination of patent claims and
licensing of technical standards. ... This attack is clearly aimed at the
successful GPLed CIFS implementation, Samba.
- Xbox Revelations: Sega Paid Off, No Square Support, MGSX Cancelled?
Sega proudly supports the Xbox with several titles, but the secrets
behind how this arrangement came about are shocking. Back in 1999,
Bill Gates forged an agreement with Sega's late president Isao Okawa
that would have handed the Xbox hardware design and manufacturing duties
over to Sega.
- Gateway bows to Microsoft's power
[Microsoft] can still use Windows licensing agreements and
other contractual provisions to extract concessions from PC makers. ...
Gateway also faulted another provision of the new licensing agreement,
which requires PC makers to pay a Windows royalty on every PC shipped, even
if it didn't include Windows. To top it off, to qualify for market
development funds, PC makers have to put a Microsoft OS on every PC.
As a result, trying to sell non-Windows PCs, or even PCs without software,
is a financial loser for computer makers.
- Update: IT execs say Microsoft harmed their companies
Microsoft's software-licensing terms are 'severe and onerous,' said
... RealNetworks' vice president of consumer systems. ... Hardware makers
told RealNetworks they could no longer set its software as a default
because of new terms in Microsoft's licensing contracts for Windows...
[Microsoft removing Gateway from AOL's list of approved vendors] was
Microsoft's retaliation for Gateway's decision to use the Linux operating
system on its Connected Touchpad Internet appliance.
- Microsoft, States Debate Remedies
Microsoft's [allegedly pressured] on Compaq to 'meet demand but not help
create demand' for Linux.
- States Say Microsoft Still a Bully
Citing internal Microsoft memos, the nine states also said that in 2000
and 2001 Microsoft pressured Dell Computer Corp. into dropping plans to
offer the open-source Linux operating system on some machines it sells.
- Ruling questions protected use of the name 'Windows'
Windows, one of the best-known trademarks in the world, may not be a
name Microsoft Corp. can own and use exclusively, a federal judge ruled
yesterday. [The judge] wrote that there are 'serious questions regarding
whether 'Windows' is a non-generic name and thus eligible for the
protections of federal trademark law.'
- Microsoft's lobbying efforts eclipse Enron
[Microsoft's] budget for its Political Action Committee (PAC) increased
from about $16,000 in 1995 to $1.6 million in 2000...
Roeder said that his review of the available documents has led him to
conclude that over the past five years, Microsoft has engaged in political
influence peddling 'in many ways unprecedented in modern political
- Microsoft Reveals Anti-Disclosure Plan
A chief objective of the group is to discourage 'full disclosure,' the
common practice of revealing complete details about security holes, even
if publication might aide attackers in exploiting them. ... [But] the notion
of limiting disclose of security information was controversial, and critics
were not appeased by the added details. 'What's being created here is an
information cartel ... It actually benefits security vendors to have
limited vulnerability information, because it makes them look better in
the eyes of their customers.' ... the coalition was formed for the
commercial advantage of its members, rather than the well-being of the
- Official: Microsoft is a monopoly in Israel
Antitrust Commissioner Dror Strum has informed Microsoft that he has
formally classified the software giant a monopoly in Israel...
- Tim Berners-Lee on Microsoft's Latest Browser Tricks
'I have fought since the beginning of the Web for its openness:
that anyone can read Web pages with any software running on any
hardware. ... When I see any Web site claim to be only readable using
particular hardware or software, I cringe... Amaya, the browser which W3C
[itself] develops ... and which arguably has the best W3C compliance,
is blocked from www.msn.com.' What has Microsoft learned from its
antitrust experiences? 'I can't answer that one.'
- MSN.com shuts out non-Microsoft browsers
Using the most recent browser from Mozilla.org to reach MSN brings a
message from Microsoft saying it has 'detected that the browser that you
are using will not render MSN.com correctly.' ... 'Microsoft is actively
keeping our browser from accessing MSN.com,' said [makers of Opera web
- Consumer groups blast Windows XP in report
Four consumer advocacy groups say Microsoft's upcoming Windows XP operating
system will cause 'significant harm' to consumers. ... Windows XP's
integration with other software and its licensing terms 'not only mimic
Microsoft's previous violations of antitrust laws, but also significantly
add to them,' say [the Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union,
and the US Public Interest Research Group], in [the report
'Windows XP/.Net: Microsoft's Expanding Monopoly']...
- A Punitive Puppeteer?
While we're on the subject of license enforcement, let me throw in a term
one alert reader just spotted in the license for FrontPage 2002. 'You may
not use the Software in connection with any site that disparages Microsoft,
MSN, MSNBC, Expedia, or their products or services ...' the license reads
- Microsoft lobbying campaign backfires; even dead people write in support of firm
[Reprint of following]
- Lobbyists Tied to Microsoft Wrote Citizens' Letters
Letters purportedly written by at least two dead people landed on the desk
of [the Utah Attorney General] ... imploring him to go easy on Microsoft
Corp. for its conduct as a monopoly. The pleas ... are part of a carefully
orchestrated nationwide campaign to create the impression of a surging
grass-roots movement. ... The campaign ... goes to great lengths so that
the letters appear to be spontaneous expressions from ordinary citizens.
... 'This is not a company that appears to be bothered by ethical
- Microsoft drops eleventh hour app blocking into WinXP
'If Microsoft got into the business of deciding which programs you
may run on your system, that's a pretty scary thing. Most companies
don't have the time or resources to go through the 'Microsoft
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