Windows Principles: Twelve Tenets to Promote Competition

Unattributed, Microsoft, Jul 20, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Microsoft lists twelve principles it will follow from now on to enable competition in the software industry. Several of these principles were required by anti-trust court rulings. And others are still somewhat, well, weaselly. Like point 8, for example: "Microsoft will design and license Windows so that it does not block access to any lawful Web site or impose any fee for reaching any non-Microsoft Web site or using any non-Microsoft Web service." Well fine. But what Microsoft has been doing (and will apparently continue to do) is slow down these sites and make them work less well. So these principles ring a bit hollow to me. Via Stuart Yeates.
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