Old Monopolistic Habits Die Hard At Microsoft
from the um...-whoops dept
For years, people accused Microsoft of having the DNA of a monopolist. This was part of the argument for breaking them up — as people said that Microsoft’s attitude towards competition wouldn’t let them act in any way other than as a monopoly. Recently, Microsoft has been working quite hard to change that image. However, it appears they still have a few kinks to work out. In some court documents revealed today, Microsoft told the maker of an unnamed portable digital music player that it couldn’t distribute anyone else’s software with the device if they wanted to distribute Microsoft’s media player. The company complained, and Microsoft quickly backed down — while also claiming that it was just a draft contract, and not one that had been thoroughly reviewed by the “no, we swear we’re not a monopolist” legal staff. Still, it seems like the Justice Department is making the right move in letting this slide — basically recognizing that it was a one-time mistake and that Microsoft quickly fixed the situation once it was brought to their attention.