Originally Posted by Kvjavs;15400961
I don't see how Microsoft or Google are monopolies, in fact I hate that term.
They make good products and worked hard at keeping their footing as the most used operating system or search engine in the world.
They aren't keeping anyone from making a better operating system or search engine, it's just others aren't trying hard enough.
As for Apple, they're not trying hard enough to make their own products better, and are trying to keep the competition from growing by lawsuits.
Ubuntu has the ability to overpower Windows in the operating system market, it's just not as easy to use for the majority of the people who use computers. If Ubuntu was as easy as Windows for the everyday person, it would have a much more established footing.
If Bing didn't suck, it would have a much more established footing too in the Search Engine world. I bet if MC Hammer's search engine fails, you'll cry that Google is a monopoly for search engines.
MS does (and has in the past) take steps to establish and continue a monopoly. One of the most interesting is Gates' stance on piracy. He would rather have Windows pirates than Linux users. (source
"Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, people don't pay for the software. Someday they will, though," Gates told an audience at the University of Washington. "And as long as they're going to steal it, we want them to steal ours. They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade."
The worst of all potential monopolies is Google. The internet is one of the greatest and fastest methods of creating, collecting, distributing, and accessing information. Any single company which controls the means of accessing/searching for this information is in a very scary position. Information is freedom and Knowledge is power. History shows evidence of what happens when one entity has control of this and the stories are never nice.
Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft, etc are companies run by men whos only interest in the advancement of technology is that of personal gain (with this personal gain being caused by technology advancing).