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An unbiased look into Windows

A reader writes: Don't get me wrong: I am no fan of Microsoft. But I'm not a fan of what the states want to do either.


An unbiased look into Windows

In response to the April 26 Perspectives column by Charles Cooper, "Customized Windows: Why not?":

Though I may agree with you that Windows should be changed, unbundling Windows will not work. Most people have this notion that if Windows is unbundled and OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) are allowed to put other software on it, things will be better. That is not entirely true. I'll explain why.

Just because Internet Explorer and the Media Player are bundled with Windows doesn't mean we have to use it. We use Windows because it's convenient. Why should I go get another media player or Internet browser that I might have to pay for when one is already installed? It would be the same if Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player are unbundled.

For example, if the Media Player is taken out and MusicMatch is put in its place, am I going to go look at another music player? No, because that music player came with the computer. The same holds true for the Internet browser.

Also, the idea that software companies will make better products if Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player are unbundled is totally false. Just because Internet Explorer is bundled with Windows doesn't mean Netscape can't make a better product. Netscape is owned by AOL Time Warner. They have the ability to market Netscape into a powerhouse, but they don't. I use MusicMatch instead of Windows Media Player. MusicMatch makes a VERY good product, and I chose it because it doesn't have all the junk on it like Windows Media Player does. If Netscape would make a better product I would use it too. Until then I'm sticking with Internet Explorer.

Don't get me wrong: I am no fan of Microsoft. But I'm not a fan of what the states want to do either. I believe what the nine states want to do is control what I see and buy. We will have fewer choices, costlier software and less reliability. We will have software companies doing whatever they want and having no accountability for their actions. From what I read, the states jumped in without having a real remedy. Judging from certain people's testimony, it doesn't even look like the states' remedy will work. That's the government for you.

Steve Camelo
Sparta, N.J.



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