Focus Point - Microsoft DecisionCommentary by Pete du Pont
March 19, 2001
I'm Pete du Pont with the National Center for Policy Analysis. If you're wondering why a hefty percentage of the American people think Bill Gates is the devil incarnate it may be because the judge in the Microsoft trial - Thomas Penfield Jackson -- unfairly painted Microsoft as a villian.
Jackson said Microsoft was a monopoly because the government said it had 95 percent of the market; but that was a 1996 projection doctored to exclude apple and network computers.
The findings were further distorted by excluding workstations from Sun Microsystems and Silicon Graphics.
Microsoft was both condemned for charging nothing for the Internet, and also for forcing people to pay for it.
A new Hudson Institute study shows there was no Microsoft plan to monopolize browsers, and no possibility that it could. This wasn't just anti-trust mania; It was anti-capitalist nonsense. Microsoft did what any company is supposed to do: Innovate, create, and sell its products at the best price. If the appeals court goes along with splitting the company, the real victims will be the consumers.
Those are my ideas, and at the NCPA we know ideas can change the world. I'm Pete du Pont. Next time, napster.