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New Microsoft will now probably appeal . .
. . to the Supreme Court. They don't stand a firefly's chance in a blast furnace of getting that appeal (the Supremes got exactly what they wanted out of the CoA), but what they want is enough delays to get XP out the door. They figure the courts will have a hard time pulling it back once it's out there.

The risks may actually be much higher than they calculate. They still think courts bow to market pressure. Suppose they sell XP for three months and the courts say, "drain the channel and stop shipping".

Now a whole lot of companies have a few XP machines incompatible with everything else, and no ability to upgrade the rest of their inventory. What does this do to Microsoft's reputation as a reliable vendor and "the safe choice"?

What does Compaq do with all those "built for XP" stickers and boxes?

Further, they can't stop the advertising. Magazines will be publishing ads for a non-shipping product for months, and Microsoft will have to pay for all of them. How embarrassing.

What if business sees this possibility and holds off on buying PCs until they can be sure of a steady supply of XP?

Cap'n Ahab has returned and driven home a harpoon with an explosive warhead, but the white whale is cruising as if nothing has changed.
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New I hope the courts do take notice of market pressure
specifically M$'s illegal monopoly pressure on their competitors and really socks it to them -- and I think the outcome very well might be worse for MS than TPJ's! (I hope so).

Tony
New Re: Microsoft will now probably appeal . .
Further, they can't stop the advertising. Magazines will be publishing ads for a non-shipping product for months, and Microsoft will have to pay for all of them. How embarrassing.


And how is this any different from them front-advertising their vaporware? :)
-YendorMike

In order to understand recursion, one must understand recursion.
New Expected (not as embarassing)?
BTW, the LRPDism for this was:
And that's not all!


Imric's Tips for Living
  • Paranoia Is a Survival Trait

  • Pessimists are never disappointed - but sometimes, if they are very lucky, they can be pleasantly surprised...
New For me it was:
Ignore the man behind the curtain!
Regards,

-scott anderson
New I got:
Go into the light!

Does this mean they're already dead? :-)
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Steve
     CoA rules... - (Yendor) - (8)
         Still a slam against Microsoft - (wharris2) - (7)
             Shot across the bow... - (addison)
             Microsoft will now probably appeal . . - (Andrew Grygus) - (5)
                 I hope the courts do take notice of market pressure - (tonytib)
                 Re: Microsoft will now probably appeal . . - (Yendor) - (3)
                     Expected (not as embarassing)? - (imric) - (2)
                         For me it was: - (admin) - (1)
                             I got: - (Steve Lowe)

I'll let that picture pass...
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