Why do I smell a "Monopoly Law Suit" coming sometime in the future?
1 Browser :: Check:: Internet Explorer
2 Email Account :: Check:: Outlook
3 Google Docks :: Check:: Office
4 Chrome OS :: Check:: Windows
Anyone see the pattern the only difference as we all know is the Google first started to be a Search Engine and hey they got the Assets (MONEY) to do what they want to do. Now what they needs is 80% Market and then you would see those lawsuits coming their way....
God I love how difficult it is in this country to make money!
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My impression from what has been published on the Google Blog is that Google's idea of an OS is something very different - and much lighter - than Windows, or, indeed, Ubuntu, which I generally use. If Google can deliver on this promise, the new OS will be a doozer !...
It's not illegal to have a monopoly.
An illegal monopoly is one that leverages its presence to prevent competition. That's why Microsoft was found guilty and convicted.
Google can't be sued for taking market share from Microsoft (though I personally would like no one to have a majority share).
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
[q] It's not illegal to have a monopoly.
Google can't be sued for taking market share from Microsoft (though I personally would like no one to have a majority share). [/q]
Oh please you build a software and that software gets pick and used by 90% of all computers and because it you get sued... Please lets be realistic they are genius and everyone else that "could not compete with them" throws them a lawsuit!
Unintended consequences?? I live in a small town - distant from a major metro area and am limited to a single broadband provider which happens to be wireless. My connection speeds frequently dip below typical dialup. So, I expect, does everyone else who signed up for this service. Poor speeds will generate complaints to ISPs. More and more pressure will be brought to bear on ISPs to demand that their line providers, Comcast in this case, upgrade their lines. Comcast, and other major line owners won't want the burden (read: expense) of upgrading and will formulate ways of battling Google, whose new Chrome browser/OS will require more and more bandwidth use by its users.
Dude I jsut cannot believe it man!
>> used by 90% of all computers and because it you get sued.
I think you're blissfully unaware of Microsoft's business practices and why they were sued.
If you want to actually know why they were convicted (yes, they were convicted), there's a gem of consolidated information in the European Commision for Interoperable Systems paper "Microsoft: A History of Anticompetitive Behavior and Consumer Harm" (http://www.ecis.eu/documents/Finalversion_Consumerchoicepaper.pdf)
Here are some quotes from MS themselves that shows how they've purposely used their Windows monopoly to kill off competition with their other software:
“ [ W ]e need to make sure Windows 3.1 only runs on top of MS DOS.” —David Cole, Microsoft Senior Vice-President
“The approach we will take is to detect dr [DOS] 6 and refuse to load. The error message should be something like ‘Invalid device driver interface.’” —Phillip Barrett, Microsoft Windows Development Manager
“I have decided that we should not publish these [Windows 95 user interface] extensions. We should wait until we have a way to do a high level of integration that will be harder for likes of Notes, WordPerfect to achieve, and which will give Office a real advantage…. We can't compete with Lotus and WordPerfect/Novell without this.” —Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and then-CEO
“Microsoft first proposed to Netscape that, rather than compete with each other, the two companies should enter an illegal conspiracy to divide up the market. When Netscape refused, Microsoft then used its Windows monopoly to, in Microsoft’s own words, ‘cut off Netscape’s air supply.’” —Joel Klein, Assistant Attorney General (quoting Paul Maritz, Microsoft’s then-Group Vice President of the Platform Applications Group)
There are plenty of other quotes in that document about some just downright evil things Microsoft's done to prevent competition. It's an entertaining read after you make it through the introduction.
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