|GETTING TOUGH WITH MICROSOFT
Is the Justice Department stifling or protecting innovation?
May 26, 1998
in this forum:
Should the Justice Department consider "vaporware" an unfair practice? Why hasn't a similar suit come about earlier? What occupies the 10 percent of the market Microsoft doesn't control? What innovations is Microsoft responsible for? Is there less public resentment towards Microsoft than other monopolies? Douglas Todd of Tucson, AZ asks: Who are Microsoft's competitors? Who has the 10 percent of the PC market that Microsoft doesn't have?
Paul Gillin responds:
The two biggest are Apple and IBM, whose Macintosh and OS/2 operating systems command about 6 percent altogether. Outside of that there are some very, very specialized players who sell customized operating systems mainly into vertical markets.
On the high end desktops - those generally used by scientists and engineers - Unix and a freeware derivative called Linux still enjoy a healthy market share compared to Microsoft's Windows NT.