[Haifux] "Windows-Free" laptops in Haifa
eli at billauer.co.il
Sun Feb 8 20:43:41 MSK 2009
Orr Dunkelman wrote:.
> The only reason Microsoft cannot have the benefit of "Buy us or
> else..." is the fact that they control too large portion of the
> market. The moment they will go under 70%, they would be able to
> actually say the above (70% may be country dependent).
I have to say that the monopoly argument is refreshing. I don't know
about the law in this case, but given that there are stable alternatives
around for basically any of their products, and they are all for free,
they are in no position to play monopoly games.
On the contrary, they have been forced to drop prices because they're
competing with free software. Not to mention deals with governments,
driven by the fear to lose a huge number of desktops.
So even though they have so-and-so of the market, in essence they don't
control it anymore.
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