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Microsoft?s real agenda

A reader writes that most people have watched the company slowly destroy the "open architecture" of the Net.


Microsoft?s real agenda

In response to the Nov. 6 column by Neal Goldman, "Microsoft: Conspiracy theory vs. reality:"

This article is way off base. Not only did the author miss the head of the proverbial nail, he used his forehead rather than a hammer.

The history that Microsoft has exhibited with RealNetworks, QuickTime and Java cannot be denied. Microsoft has tried to drive all three technologies into the ground and almost succeeded.

In the case of Java, just try accessing a Microsoft site or another site developed with FrontPage 4 or their Visual Studio 6 and see what error messages you get from Opera and other browsers using Sun Microsystem's Java.

Microsoft created Windows Media and stuck it in Media Player 6 in an attempt to take over the online video and audio market. Their Media Player is big, bloated and jerky. Its first efforts produced a player that crashed and caused printer drivers and other spooling software to malfunction because it used newer versions of DLL files that caused other applications to crash or behave improperly.

New WAV files in WMA format are often still called WAVs according to their extensions, but a standard player will often not play them. Some players will recognize them and play them, others will not. Microsoft claims that they are superior in performance to standard WAV files, yet there is no measurable difference.

RealNetworks has fought Microsoft for a long time, as has Apple. Microsoft's inclusion of this technology in Windows XP is orchestrated to provide computer users with the tools they need without a download, but it is also a way of locking them into using the XP tool set by removing plug-ins. The expert user can go into the Windows Registry and change things to get other players working fine with the Internet Explorer (or should I call it Internet Exploiter), but the average person will never do that.

So say what you will, but in this case you are wrong and every guy that has been around the block more than a few times has watched them slowly destroy the "open architecture" of the Internet.

They have their own agenda.

Michael W. Maguire
Columbus, Ohio