Minh’s Notes

Human-readable chicken scratch

Minh Nguyễn
November 1st, 2002


Microsoft Settlement

So, I’m sure that, by now, you’ve heard of that settlement between Microsoft and the DoJ. What do I think about it?

I think that, first of all, it was about time. Netscape Communications Corp. is now but a small media outlet for the 800-pound gorilla AOL Time Warner, and Microsoft has pretty much gotten a complete hold on the browser market. Of course, it’s not just about browsers anymore; this fight stretches across the whole computer — the operating system, the productivity suite, the e-mail client, and so on, and even beyond. I don’t think this settlement addresses all the issues involved here. But I don’t think this should have taken as long as it has.