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Isnt this the sort of activity that ended up with Microsoft getting kicked round the courts for several years?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 07:18:37 PM EST
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That was then.

Apple now does hardware, music, video, books, advertising and software, and is trying to lock down a proprietary web technology.

Apart from that - not particularly.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 07:21:22 PM EST
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Proprietary web technology?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 8th, 2010 at 05:48:33 AM EST
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And has what, a 25% market share at most in any of those areas.

Unlike MS's 98% share in the past or whatever the hell it was.

What Apple does have is about a 100% share of the media's attention.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 8th, 2010 at 05:57:57 AM EST
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I doubt MS ever had more than 25% of the PC software market either.

It had nearly 100% of the PC OS market, which is rather different, and also engaged in restrictive anticompetitive practices against smaller competitors in sub-elements of that market.

Apple vs Flash, Apple vs Developers Who Do Things Apple Doesn't Like, Apple vs existing mobile ad platforms and Apple vs Alternatives to the App Store (which aren't allowed to exist), isn't the same thing at all.


by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Jun 8th, 2010 at 07:34:21 AM EST
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Office applications + OS were pretty comprehensive - and making money outside of the MS ecosystem was pretty difficult. If you don't like Apple you can make your money elsewhere. If Flash is so important, buy a phone or tablet that has it: there are lots.  Well, there aren't, but that's because Apple's argument about flash is clearly wrong. Don't like their developer rules? Develop for other platforms - again, lots of space out there.

MS nearly became a complete monoculture, with the odd weirdo and university holding out on free unices or Macs. I don't see that with Apple, not for quite  a long time, and I live in a world of their devices. The two situations don't look equivalent from here.

Apple are a big corporation. They're not nice. Neither are any of their competitors. You don't like it? Stop supporting them.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 8th, 2010 at 08:37:30 AM EST
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