Users call on Microsoft to stop wasting money



Users have told Microsoft to accept defeat in its Department of Justice case, and spend the time and money it will save by delivering stable...



Users have told Microsoft to accept defeat in its Department of Justice case, and spend the time and money it will save by delivering stable products.

According to the Forrester research group, which polled IT directors in the US, users feel Microsoft is wasting valuable management time on a case it is unlikely to win.

The time spent by president Steve Ballmer and chief software architect Bill Gates, and the money spent on legal fees, could be better spent on producing stable products that customers have greater confidence in, Forrester said.

A briefing paper produced by Forrester specially recommends breaking Microsoft up to benefit both users and shareholders. Forrester suggested that users do not care who wins, they just want:

  • Stable desktops - with an operating system they can sit on every desktop and never have to touch again

  • A clean development environment - companies want a clear set of programming interfaces to develop software for - regardless of what software runs on the desktop, on a Web server, or in a data centre

  • A tidal wave of innovative software - firms want to see legions of software companies competing to deliver the best possible solutions to business problems.

    Forrester believes that as long as Microsoft continues to tie other products to its monopoly operating system, competition for the firm will remain a dream. It calls for Judge Jackson to rule from his findings in the antitrust case, and force Microsoft to:

  • Spin-off a separate Windows Corporation for selling the Windows 98 and 2000 operating systems

  • Create a Win32 Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standard, giving a formal standard, not a de facto standard for which to write software. To guarantee equal access to APIs, Windows Corporation should publish its Win32 APS and make them a standard through the IETF

  • Innovate with applications that compete on their own merits.

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