RE: POL: Reaction to Microsoft Ruling

From: Peter C. McCluskey (
Date: Mon Apr 17 2000 - 09:18:06 MDT (Max More) writes:
>>player in those areas too. I don't think you can seriously believe
>>that they've accomplished this success based solely on the technical
>>merits of their products.
>Oh really? Then would you care to explain how Microsoft managed to achieve
>an even larger share of the office suite market on the MacOS than on its
>own OS?

 There are more plausible hypotheses than I would care to list. Your
observation only rules out a small portion of the ones that have been

>I'd have to dig out the authors and their book, but at a Cato/Forbes ASAP
>conference, I saw it convincingly demonstrated that Microsoft's success in
>each area of software directly correlated with the comparative quality of
>their products according to computer magazine reviews. (For instance,

 Each area that they chose to study. As far as I recall, they didn't study
some important areas such as operating systems.

 Showing that such a correlation exists only shows that technical competence
was one of the strategies they used, not that it was their sole strategy.

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