quote: Did you ever realize that Microsoft is in a monopoly position, and thus the fact that they have their own set of laws is normal?
quote: Under normal conditions, the free market should do its job and if a company makes some proprietary stuff, then people might just not buy it since it can't be used anywhere.
quote: Microsoft is not in this position, they are the only major OS provider, and they've been in that position for years.
quote: The proprietary stuff is then seen differently : instead of restricting users and not letting them use their stuff anywhere, it restricts them to buy a new alternative, since nothing will be compatible with it. The new technologies are not public, they are kept hidden.
quote: Not sure what you mean by "laws." Microsoft has to obey the same laws as any other company.
quote: I think you've been listening to those open-source folks too much. In the commercial world, where people buy things, proprietary standards are the norm, and not the exception. Just look at Apple as an example - proprietary, and successful, all through the years.
quote: Maybe you never heard of other OSs, so I'll list some examples: Linux, Unix, Solaris, OS X, OS/2 (past), AmigaDos, and probably lots more I can't think of at the moment.
quote: Greatly undercuting the prices almost to the point where you make no profit is acceptable with competition : you drive competition. When you're in a monopolistic situation, it is not : you're killing it.
quote: The point is, proprietary formats are not disturbing when there's competition going on, but when it's monopolistic, it's driving any competition out of the market even before they get in.
quote: You know what I meant... when an OS accounts for 90%+ of the market, and something like 10 alternatives take up the remaining 10%
quote: Plus, the OS you name are nowhere near ready to be launched for Mr. Joe Schmoe (except the Apple ones, but they are... let's say exceptions).
quote: .NET is a proprietary programming platform. It will only works on Windows with the .NET framework installed.
quote: It doesn't really matter, though, since (almost) everyone is using Windows. The side effect of this? Since everyone has Windows, the programmers of this world are switching to .NET to use the latest technologies because the disadvantage of only running on Windows is minimal.
quote: Therefore, any other OS trying to get in won't meet success with anyone having a .NET software it just can't dump. In effect, it is killing competition since it's a monopoly.