“A plan by Japan, China and South Korea to develop an operating system alternative to Microsoft’s Windows software could raise concerns over fair competition, Microsoft said Friday,” Reuters reports. “Japan, the world’s second-largest economy, made a proposal at an Asian economic summit this week to build an inexpensive and trustworthy open-source operating system that would be based on a system such as Linux, which can be copied and modified freely.”
“‘We’d like to see the market decide who the winners are in the software industry,’ said Tom Robertson, Microsoft’s Tokyo-based director for government affairs in Asia.”
“Microsoft prefers competition between software applications to be determined in the free markets rather than by government agencies. ‘Governments should not be in the position to decide who the winners are,’ Robertson said.” Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: This is rich. Microsoft whining about unfair competition is pure hypocrisy. Let’s hope Microsoft can’t figure out a way to buy off Asian governments in order to change the Asians’ strategy of divesting themselves of the Windows hegemony. Anything that weakens Windows, breaking the stranglehold of mediocrity that OS inflicts upon the world, and promotes alternatives (any alternatives) sounds like an okay plan to us. It’ll help level the playing field for all. Could Microsoft’s house of cards finally be wobbling in the refreshing winds of change?
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