swa66 - 8:32 am on Dec 31, 2012 (gmt 0)
you cannot restrict competitors in a market you monopollize.
Actually what they got convicted for in Europe was abusing a (de facto) monopoly in one market (OS) to gain an unfair advantage in other markets (media player, IE). Having a de facto monopoly isn't illegal, out in Europe, abusing it qualifies for record breaking fines.
Microsoft needs replacements. All the guys who led all the teams imo are behind the times
Actually that behind the times thing is true for most of their products since they started. After all PC-DOS was a far inferior product that initially competed with CP/M on the original IBM PC. PC-DOS was cheaper and somehow won it in the market - but even today windows can't do some things that CP/M could back then.
The difference seems to be that finally more people seem to get the fact that MSFT has been holding back progress, Even if they still fail to see they've been doing this for a few decades now. It's good to see this instead of the hero role they got attributed by the press for years.