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Re: Embrace, Extend Extinguish

From: Rjack
Subject: Re: Embrace, Extend Extinguish
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2009 20:51:28 -0500
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amicus_curious wrote:

"Rjack" <> wrote in message">

Due to legal antitrust concerns, Microsoft is always going to allow about 20% of the total market to competitors...

As romantic as that may sound, it is the wrong view of the situation. Microsoft's continued dominance of the PC OS market is due to tried and true notions of market dynamics, nothing more and nothing less.

Microsoft would crush Linux (and probably Apple) with software
patent litigation if the D.O.J. antitrust division weren't
hovering about.

The PC market, as orchestrated by Microsoft, is mature as such
 things go and already they are branching out into other
fields in order to find new worlds to conquer. The PC OS
market is very mature and consumer expectations, attitudes,
and tastes are firmly set. There is no way on earth to unseat
Microsoft here and there is little reason to do so.

Something like OS X running on cheap Intel hardware would be a
terrible threat to Microsoft's desktop. Apple would never allow
this to happen though. Apple's hardware is the most overpriced
scam on the market. Apple leverages it operating system on it's
outrageously priced hardware -- it works in their business model
but could potentially pose a real threat to Microsoft's desktop
running on affordable hardware.

The FOSS fellas are miffed at the market success and vast
wealth of the MSFT founders, but they are fated to be miffed
for all time.

New things come up all the time, for example Google and Facebook and such. They are the star performers today and will likely pale in the future to be replaced by something else. It is nature's way and read of "Product Life Cycles" in the marketing lore for the details.


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