> On Thu, 12 Nov 1998 22:34:53 +0100,Tom Alaerts
> >just curious what people think of this: if MS would be forced to split in
> >two companies (not that impossible with anti-trust regulations): one that
> >makes OS products, and one that makes the applications: would the world be a
> >better place?
> We'd need at least three companies -- operating systems, applications,
> and media/content (MS Net, Encarta, those works of art Billy published
> all electronic rights to, and so forth). Maybe four: embedded systems.
> Maybe five: development tools.
> A whole host of Baby Bills.
> Even then, we don't benefit directly. All that happens is that Microsoft
> loses the ability to aim and shoot at anybody they want to -- they're
> still, collectively, an eight hundred pound gorilla in the paddling
> pool of the marketplace.
All the DOJ needs to do is stop Microsoft from advertising (or holding
press releases about) products and/or features which do not exist yet.
Let them remain one company, as IBM did. Let them ``innovate'', if they
are able. Just stop them from killing compeditors with announcements.
O< ( ( ``I would turn the question around, and ask,
_NH >=O ) ) "If it's a hobby for us and a job for you,
<_>-<_ + :::::-. then why are you doing such a shoddy job?"''
HCl<O> :::`-' -- Linus Torvalds