Findows strategy feeds scales of justice
If the DoJ subpoenas the latest piece of incriminating Microsoft documentation it will have a tricky logistical problem - it's a billboard advertising MSN, it provides an amazing insight into Microsoft's corporate mindset, and it appears to be stuck to the wall of Picadilly underground station in London. You probably won't believe that Microsoft is sticking incriminating documentation to advertising hoardings, but bear with us while we explain. The poster says, "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach him to fish and he'll eat for life. Enlighten him further and he'll own a chain of seafood restaurants." Get it yet? How about if we say Findows Everywhere? Nope? Microsoft's marketing people are of course pursuing the old saying to its logical (to a Microsoft mind) conclusion. Having benefited from the educational package that taught him to fish, our fisherman gains further enlightenment and leverages his dominant position in fish production into dominance further along the supply chain. Ultimately, as his restaurants spread, he will own the portal to the fish business. But he's still trying to figure out how he can stop his fish working with other people's restaurants...
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