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Consumer tech firms wary of Microsoft standards

updated 07:55 am EST, Mon February 23, 2004

Digital battleground drawn

The Wall Street Journal (paid subscription required) takes a detailed look at how many . "For companies tapping the exploding digital-entertainment market, rule No. 1 is a lesson they learned from the personal-computer business: Don't let Microsoft Corp. control the software," the article begins, explaining how Sony (PlayStation 2), Apple (iPod/iTunes Music Store), and TiVo have all avoided Microsoft software and intend to keep it that way. While companies are apprehensive about adopting standards set by Microsoft, which effectively put their product at the mercy of Microsoft. some are trying to juggle support for multiple platforms. "It's a delicate dance for many companies. They want the freedom not to choose Microsoft -- but many also want to reap whatever benefits they can from Microsoft's software strength, money and sheer tenacity."




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    balls

    I would rather have my balls plucked from my sack than let Microsoft Corp. control my software!

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    Well then,

    It must have happened already, since you use Unix!
    (groan)

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    would have liked...

    ..to read that article. But I don't read that enough to pay for an online subscription.

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    About time

    Refreshing to see that some companies are finally starting to recognize that while Microsoft may dominate the desktop, it doesn't necessarily always equate to a good thing.

    Juggling support for multiple platforms is just another reason "not" to get trapped by Microsoft. It's far easier to support one format across multiple platforms than to try and support three separate formats across mulitple platforms.

    As for reaping benefits. I'd have to believe they'd find supporting a single format across multiple platforms is far cheaper and far easier to support in the long run.

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    It should read...

    "...want to reap whatever benefits they can from Microsoft's software strength, money and sheer EVIL-POWER."

    Now that Iraq's toast, can we make Microsoft a new member of The Axis Of Evil? (If not, how about France?)

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Yes but

    French women aren't as fat as their American counterparts you know

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    borg

    We are the microsoft, you will be assimulated. Your uniqueness will be added to our own. Residtance is futile.

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    yep

    "It's a delicate dance for many companies. They want the freedom not to choose Microsoft -- but many also want to reap whatever benefits they can from Microsoft's software strength, money and sheer tenacity."

    Gotta love monopolies. The whole market revolves around what your interaction is with microsoft.

    Big corporations are ruining america.

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    re: yep

    Big companies aren't ruining America; just the buttheads running them.

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    hmmm

    "Gotta love monopolies."

    Like Apple?

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