Re: what if microsoft disobeyed the breakup?

From: John Clark (
Date: Thu Jun 08 2000 - 09:33:33 MDT

phil osborn <> Wrote:

>most of the professional developers I have known over the years
>consider MS/DOS - Windows to be an unbelievable kludge.

Well of course they do, from the Olympian heights of pure theory you don't
have to worry about legacy applications, Microsoft doesn't have that luxury.

>It was specifically Bill Gates who pushed us into the software marketing
>model that still prevails - where the software developer gets a few pennies
>on the dollar, while most of the money goes to marketing

Microsoft spends about 18% of sales on research and development, that's a huge
percentage for such a large corporation, higher than nearly any other company
except for tiny startups less than 1% its size.

>We could have had a model more like the LINUX - open-source, peer-reviewed
>system, where lousy software is caught before it ever made it to the shelf

What do you mean like LINUX, we have LINUX. We have Windows too, may the
best model for developing software win.

            John K Clark

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