Posted by aogWednesday, 02 July 2003 at 09:43 TrackBack Ping URL
Microsft is now using its lobbying muscle for "rent seeking" - using regulations to benefit itself at the expense of others. This isn't surprising to those who pay attention to anti-trust. Microsoft didn't have any real presence in Washington, D.C. before the anti-trust action. The company acquired its phalanx of lobbyists in direct response to that. That fight is now largely over but the toxic waste from the battle is still around, causing further trouble. A big part of the strength of Microsoft is that it learns and the anti-trust action promoted by publicity hungry bureaocrats and short sighted competitors certainly taught Microsoft a lesson.