I need to clear out all my MSDN needs in the next few days so I can avoid the ©rush in traffic.
I am still rather surprised by the whole “monopoly” charges. I don’t like that Internet Explorer has so many useless hooks (non-browser) into the OS, but I’ve always thought “Windows was Linux’s best salesman” so I never agreed with any of the monopoly findings. Now the whole “OS can’t include Media Player” when every hand-held device is proprietarily installing media players - yet EU never claims THOSE are monopolies?!! Suddenly, the EU says, “But you can buy something different” - THAT argument is NOW salient, while that same claim was used by MS? I don’t get it.
And forcing the segregated Office Division away from OS Division - good or bad, frankly, I’d never seen MS deliver on the oft-promised “smooth connections” between Office and the OS anyway. Seperate them further by decree? Heck, it looked like they didn’t talk to each other anyway!
But now it appears all media players can become paid-for applets, so maybe the world’s economies will finally be saved, once and for all, by OS and Media Player revenues! Whoopeee! Who needs the armaments industry when 10-cent MP3 license fees can save all the banks!!
Obviously, the ages-old question remains true: “Who’s making the money?” The only real question to ask.