Actually, that is a VERY good example.  Does MS have a monopoly on word
processing? No.  You can always write up soemthing on a different
platform/application.  Hell, you can save it as rich text and others should
read it fine.

Do they have the ability to strongarm vendors and competitors as well as the
power to break "open" standards like DNS, DHCP, TCP/IP, XML, HTML, etc and
force other people to having to follow suite? Yes.  That is where teh
monopolistic powers reside.

Does IBM have the power to do the same?  No.  Someone said it themselves.
IBM added their interactive tax, and people ARE moving away.

Adam Lang
Systems Engineer
Rutgers Casualty Insurance Company
----- Original Message -----
From: "Leif Svalgaard" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, December 31, 2001 9:54 AM
Subject: Re: Changed to: Interactive Tax

> according to your logic, Microsoft is not a monopoly (you can always use
> a Mac or Unix or ...), yet it was judged a monopoly. A New Years
> of mine: not use bandwidth on fruitless arguments (if I can keep it is
> another matter :-)

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