O Intermitente<br> (So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, good-bye)

O Intermitente
(So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, good-bye)

quinta-feira, março 25, 2004

Commission's Microsoft ruling may drive software prices up

Jonathan Zuck, a leading Washington-based software expert and President of the Association for Competitive Technology takes a different view.

Mr Zuck told the EUobserver that "this represents an unprecedented amount of intervention by regulators into the development of software".

The software expert predicts that the Commission remedies will have exactly the opposite effect: software prices will go up and innovation will be hampered.

"Software developers will now be faced with an enormous amount of uncertainty as to what future operating systems will look like, because any new version of Windows could be declared illegal. There could be a ridiculous number of future Windows versions which software developers have to take into account. This uncertainty will drive prices up and hamper innovation.'

Moreover, Mr Zuck contends that Mr Monti will stimulate "the wrong kind of competition".

He fears that the Commission remedies will in fact prove to be a "deterrent" for Microsoft and will have negative consequences for consumers.

posted by Miguel Noronha 10:44 da manhã

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