I had a good laugh when I heard that attorney generals are calling for an extension in Microsoft’s antitrust settlement.
Right now things look grim for Microsoft on all fronts. Long ago Linux proved it ran better than Windows, now it looks better too. Internet developers prefer Linux as their web server of choice, again for performance, but also for cheap scaling.
Future growth compounds Microsoft’s problems. The developing markets, when told to stop using pirated versions of Windows instead will choose free alternatives.
Then there is the Google. Google is chasing after Microsoft’s core desktop applications with AJAX-powered web apps. Microsoft has failed miserably (so far) to enter the online advertising market. They are giving away billions attempting to catch up.
The New York group’s filing centers largely on what it calls the “indisputably resilient” monopoly that Microsoft holds in the operating system realm. The attorneys general said they were “mindful” that Windows’ approximately 90 percent market share in client operating systems is not the only test for how successful the antitrust agreement has been. But they added, “the absence of meaningful erosion in Windows’ market share is still problematic for the public interest.”
What is the public interest anyways? I build my sites on Windows, my servers run Linux. Others developers code in Ubuntu, power up OS X on their Mac to Photoshop, and then put everything together on Windows (XP, given how problematic Vista is, sticking with the trend that begin with Windows 95.) Thats not a monopoly.