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OUTCOME: Pending

Microsoft Seeks to Bail Out Sony

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The Sony news is SO bad that it deserves two predictions. I would predict the fall of CEO Howard Stringer again if there were clearly somebody at Sony who wants his job. The business is in such difficulty that Microsoft is discussing internally how to help Sony from going under, since that would create a raft of antitrust problems for Redmond. I am not making this up.
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It's worth noting that there's nothing legally wrong with a monopoly per se. It's the abuse of a monopoly that brings up antitrust issues. Not that that will keep MS out of hot water. But they can at least point to Sony's ineptitude and state that they had nothing to do with the collapse.

Ron | Jan 19, 2007 | 1:57AM

Well, when you take game consoles into account, and the fact that X-Box has been a loss-leader for MS, I conclude that MS would have more benefit than damage with Sony taking it on the chin, so to speak. Sony's Windows machines are just a fraction of the total Windows boxes out there. So MS may lose some market share in some aspect (which could be made up by other Windows vendors) but stand to gain a lot in the gaming arena.

David | Jul 31, 2007 | 10:45AM

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