Re: Microsoft and social policy (Re: Bill Gates and Nuclear

Mike Masnick (
Wed, 29 Oct 1997 22:30:40 -0500

Concerning Microsoft and Monopolies, just read a fascinating article in the
July-August '96 Harvard Business Review called "Increasing Returns and the
New World of Business" by W. Brian Arthur. If interested, I'd recommend
reading a copy. It's even got a whole sidebar on Microsoft and how to
judge a monopoly in these circumstances. It's basic two premises
concerning the Microsoft situation are Don't Penalize Success, but Don't
Allow Head Starts for the Priveleged, either. Interesting stuff. I don't
agree with all of it, but it's still fascinating reading.

-Mike, the FoRK lurker, heading back from
wherever it is that he came.