Microsoft wants to control us, but we control them

News.com: Microsoft: Asia not playing fair over OS

"A plan by Japan, China and South Korea to develop an operating system alternative to Microsoft's Windows software could raise concerns over fair competition, Microsoft said Friday."

Microsoft complaining about fair competition?

"We'd like to see the market decide who the winners are in the software industry, [...] Governments should not be in the position to decide who the winners are," Robertson said.

What is the government? Us. The people. (Okay, not so much in China, but still) If the people (the consumer, the market itself) elect a government that decides we would benefit from an alternative operating system that we can use to access critical government services and the Internet to communicate with the global community, where does Microsoft get off thinking that that's unfair?

Microsoft should look into the reasons WHY Asia wants to do this. If Microsoft offered them quality product at an affordable price under reasonable conditions, I don't believe they would be considering this.

I presume Microsoft believes it offers a quality product, affordably priced under reasonable conditions, so they should have nothing to fear. The only reason they should worry is if they know their offering is not as good a value as it could be.

No wonder Microsoft is worried.

Written on September 6, 2003