What The Papers Say: Some see rough justice for Microsoft

Despite the wealth of coverage on the US Justice Department’s latest move against Microsoft, opinion in favour of either side was sparse and, where clearly expressed, often conflicting. Those for and against came from two distinct areas: those directly associated with the proceedings and those for the consumer. Bill Gates’ ’Right to innovate’ statement was balanced by Robert Bork’s ’The charge against Microsoft’, in the Wall Street Journal.

Despite the wealth of coverage on the US Justice Department’s

latest move against Microsoft, opinion in favour of either side was

sparse and, where clearly expressed, often conflicting. Those for and

against came from two distinct areas: those directly associated with the

proceedings and those for the consumer. Bill Gates’ ’Right to innovate’

statement was balanced by Robert Bork’s ’The charge against Microsoft’,

in the Wall Street Journal.



Paradox was a key theme, with the thought that ’Microsoft was a victim

of its own success’, a neutral statement proposing that Microsoft’s

sheer size and accomplishments have placed it, somewhat ironically, in a

position of vulnerability. Some also highlighted the confusing reality

that Bill Gates, epitome of the American Dream, is now at odds with the

Justice Department of the largest free market economy in the world.

Almost all agreed the worst possible outcome, the most damaging both for

the IT market in general and the consumer in particular, would be a

drawn-out battle.



Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International. Cuttings supplied by the

Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers Say’ can be found

at:www.carma.com.



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