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Re: Microsoft needs a help strategy

From: amicus_curious
Subject: Re: Microsoft needs a help strategy
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2009 19:29:27 -0500

"Rjack" <> wrote in message">
amicus_curious wrote:

"Rjack" <> wrote in message">

Microsoft is not the result of many mergers and acquisitions, rather the product of a rapidly growing market for computers in the home and workplace.

True but you missed the point.

"...                                            And in seven
years, the Bush Justice Department has not brought a single
monopolization case." -- Statement of Senator Barack Obama for the American Antitrust Institute

"Monopolization case" as in:

The Sherman Antitrust Act (1890)
Section 2. Monopolizing trade a felony; penalty

Every person who shall monopolize, or attempt to monopolize, or combine or conspire with any other person or persons, to monopolize any part of the trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and, on conviction thereof, shall be punished by fine not exceeding $10,000,000 if a corporation, or, if any other person, $350,000, or by imprisonment not exceeding three years, or by both said punishments, in the discretion of the court.


With the Bush administration gone we could see competitors emboldened for the first time since 1998.

I understood the point to be as stated in your original post, i.e. that Microsoft will find itself in the crosshairs of the Obama administration's DOJ. But Obama's thoughts seem to be contained in:

"The consequences of lax enforcement for consumers are clear. Take health care, for example. There have been over 400 health care mergers in the last 10 years. The
American Medical Association reports that 95% of insurance markets in the
United States are now highly concentrated and the number of insurers has fallen by just under 20% since 2000. These changes were supposed to make the industry more efficient, but instead premiums have skyrocketed, increasing over 87 percent over the
past six years."

Where he refers to the lack of oversight for mergers and acquisitions as the culprit. Microsoft has grown to its monopoly position via development of its core product and not through such mergers. I don't know if healthcare insurers are bad or good, they do seem to compete with one another even when there are only a handful of big ones. But the money there is a lot. My company and I together pay about $700 per month for coverage. I buy a new computer about every three years and may end up indirectly paying Microsoft $50 or $100 for Windows. Healthcare (and auto insurance and just about everything else) is a much bigger fish to fry than the embedded cost of the OS in a PC.

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