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[OT] - Microsoft anticompetitive strategies - was Re: Subversion/Eclipse Performance on Windows

From: Toby Thain <toby_at_telegraphics.com.au>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009 10:58:08 -0500

On 30-Jan-09, at 8:04 AM, Trevor Harmon wrote:

> On Jan 30, 2009, at 7:04 AM, Andy Levy wrote:
>> For some reason, somewhere in the back of my mind I seem to recall MS
>> getting caught doing exactly that - having an OS (it may have been as
>> far back as DOS) which intentionally ran certain programs slower than
>> the competing MS applications.
> Perhaps you're thinking of the legend of "DOS ain't done 'til Lotus
> won't run":
> http://www.proudlyserving.com/archives/2005/08/dos_aint_done_t.html
> Or the AARD code:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AARD_code
> For the case of Java, however, Microsoft was actually very friendly to
> the technology (for awhile).

They used a variation of "embrace, extend, extinguish" to try to kill
Java (and were successfully sued over it*). It's the same thing they
tried to do to HTML, using IE. All designed to achieve lock-in.

Silverlight is out of the same bag of tricks.


* - http://www.groklaw.net/staticpages/index.php?page=2005010107100653

> Their Java compiler and VM for Windows
> were the fastest around. But this was in the 1990s, and Microsoft's
> attitude toward Java has changed considerably since then.
> Trevor
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