Thursday, May 05, 2005

Does Microsoft subscribe to true & fair capitalism?

The answer to that question, as it stands today, is a big NO!. Lets see how Merriam Webster defines 'capitalism' as:

Main Entry: cap·i·tal·ism
Pronunciation: 'ka-p&-t&l-"iz-&m, 'kap-t&l-, British also k&-'pi-t&l-
Function: noun
: an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market.

The less said about Microsoft's monopolistic pratices the better. I think most of us who have spent a decent amount of time in the tech sector or even otherwise know how M$ ties their customers down to Windows and associated Microsoft products like Office, Outlook, Exchange and otherwise. Until a few years back, all of their products were proprietary and to say that they were closed and uninteropable was an understatement. Its only recently, after receiving endless flak from competitors and the government alike, that Mr. Gates has decided to let go of his highly inequitable ways, to a certain extent ... M$ seems to be on the right track now, but I would not go so far as saying they have betrothed a true capitalistic attitude (as defined by Websters) ... that is yet be proven beyond reasonable doubt, as one would say in legal jargon.

Bill Gates has built a great empire in Microsoft and they do have some kick-ass products (as an aside, I personally truly admire & highly commend all the philanthropic work that is being done via the Gates foundation), but I am sure Gates would want to be remembered as not the richest man in the world, but as the richest man who built an empire and succeeded by subscribing to true & fair capitalism. Steps are being taken by M$ in the right direction and I hope they keep at it ... if that means looking up and taking stock of defines in every so often, then so be it!


At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anand Perinkolam Ganesh said...

Nooo!...Microsoft surely is playing a monopolistic game! It does impose it's products on Wmplayer is shipped "free" for the users and so it become's the most popular mplayer (atleast as far as i know)! surely they do have some cool stuff like directx and all but the very fact tht u can't customise ur OS as u need it is very boring! linux is a way out but personally i feel google is going to kick ass microsoft in the coming years..they hav been releasing such gud products in such a short period! as far as the search sector goes..bill gates has already lost to google wat with their top management getting into google (can u beleive gates & co sued him for tht!!)

At 1:06 PM, Blogger Arun Perinkolam said...

With such intense pressure and competition, you need some some arsenal to distract your competition.

Corporate litigation is one such weapon, used fairly often in the hi-tech world and can be effective too, if used intelligently.

Its tough out there, have to be on your toes every minute ... one miss and you could be the next SGI or Netscape (in recent times).


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