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Despite the fact that there is more software available for Windows than for other operating systems, Mac defenders and others have often suggested that most of that Windows software is junk that nobody wants to use anyway.

In this argument, those folks now have an ally in Bill Gates, of all people. How so? Perhaps you've noticed Microsoft's response to the DOJ's breakup proposal. Gates is claiming that it's only possible to have good innovation when the people who write applications are in the same company as the people who write the OS. To separate them, Gates says, is to do significant harm to innovation. To accept Gates's logic, we also have to accept the conclusion that third party software vendors cannot possibly innovate as much as Microsoft's programmers, since only Microsoft's programmers have the direct contact with the OS team that Gates claims is required.

If we carry this argument to its logical conclusion, Gates is making a case that the best thing for consumers would be to have a single software company--Microsoft. Then all the progammers will be in the same company with the OS team, and Gates claims this leads to enhanced innovation. So, what say you Windows advocates? Should third party software vendors be allowed to exist, or should we all hope that Microsoft acquires them all, in the great question for increased "innovation"?

You can read a Gates editorial on this subject in Time Magazine. In this article we learn, among other things, that without Microsoft, the concept of toolbars would have been patented and software companies would not have been able to freely use them. The title of the article is "The Case For Microsoft", which is quite in line with the interpretation I suggest above:,3266,44557,00.html


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