Readers might want to check out the article below, which points out
that the Internet Explorer 6 Web browser, which will ship as an
integrated part of every copy of Windows XP, won't allow users to view
sites that use QuickTime video.
In other words, Microsoft has taken steps to see to it that only
Microsoft's proprietary technology can be used by Webmasters, if
Webmasters want to include video on their Web site. If Webmasters use
QuickTime, no Windows XP user will be able to view their site. Is this
anti-competitive or what? First, Microsoft leverages its monopoly in
PC operating systems to destroy all of the serious competition for Web
browsers. Now, it leverages its new monopoly in Web browsers to
destroy the competition for PC video.
Unfortunately, I strongly doubt that Apple would see it in their best
interests to sue Microsoft over this, even though it has already been
judicially determined that Microsoft has acted anti-competitively
against Apple. Microsoft could easily retaliate by dropping
development of Office for the Macintosh or by pressuring others in the
personal computer industry not to do business with Apple.
May I suggest that, if you like using your Macintosh or even if you
only use Windows machine, that you contact your representatives and
(very politely) voice your support for breaking up Microsoft so that
competitive balance in the industry can be regained? Here are links
that will allow you to determine who your representatives are, and how
to contact them: