Kodak tastes Microsoft's medicine

— 1:30 AM on July 13, 2001

For those of you still unconvinced that Microsoft is acting like a monopoly and that such behavior doesn't benefit consumers, regardless of the good things the company does, this Wall Street Journal article (reprinted at ZDNet) ought to be required reading. It tells the story of Kodak's cooperation with Microsoft on developing a standard for making digital cameras talk to computers, and how Microsoft repaid Kodak for its cooperation. It's a new variation on what is now a very old theme:

Kodak's story offers a snapshot of a now-familiar tale in the software business. Despite the government's antitrust case against Microsoft, which was partly upheld and partly reversed by a U.S. Court of Appeals last week, the software giant continues to use its monopoly operating-system software as a lever to pry its way into new businesses.
I'm not on a crusade here, but I'm amazed by Microsoft's hyper-aggressive behavior in several places—streaming media formats, a new software "activation" regime, and now digital imaging services. One would think, in light of the recent court decisions, that the company would be chastened. Sometimes I think the only real difference between Microsoft and Rambus, the greedy little memory company, is just this: Microsoft succeeded.
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