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Microsoft Shmicrosoft

Sometimes you wonder why other people appear to have more fun in their job than you do.

I mean, just take a look at Micro-soft's lawyers, for example. How many months/years has this case been boring us for now? I'd love to imagine the size of those legal bills that, in reality, would still only make a very small dent in Microsoft's coffers.

But I doubt Bill is having as much "fun" as his lawyers. It seems the Government won't listen, you see. "You can't break us up," Bill keeps posturing. "We're Microsoft." That must be very frustrating.

No amount of whining about how a breakup is "bad for consumers" and "stifles innovation in the software industry" matters one iota. Consumer outrage (or the underwhelming lack thereof) certainly does not appear to be a motivator.

At the end of the day it's an ego thing. The US Government is determined to prove it's bigger and meaner than the world's biggest software company.

When it comes to the distribution channel, I just can't see how any of it will be relevant. Let's assume that pigs might fly and eventually we are left with two separate "monopolies" (yes, I thought that argument was silly too). We now have Microsoft Bill and Microsoft Steve (sorry, it's the best I could come up with).

Do you think Microsoft Bill and Microsoft Steve are going to choose new channel partners? I don't think so. It's a ridiculous proposition to imagine the US Government mandating that Microsoft Bill can only use Distributor A in Australia, while Microsoft Steve is left with Distributor B (which, by the way, doesn't have the market reach or logistics capabilities of Distributor A).

Maybe there is a point to this whole case. Maybe Microsoft could rule the world as we know it some day and they must be stopped, because big is bad.

In my opinion, the whole affair is a colossal waste of time and money. Neither party can gain a decisive victory, and I might be mistaken, but I don't think either side remembers what they are really fighting for now anyway.

Is this case boring you to tears, or is it really the most important event in US legal history? e-mail me your thoughts.

Edge falls off

What a massive disaster. The Edge group's crash has left many in the channel without support, warranty services, and in some cases a local components supplier. Resellers yet again must shoulder the problems inflicted by an unpredictable supplier.

Incidentally, I don't think too many people will miss this company. In September last year I wrote a story about a Queensland PC reseller suffering from a string of "dodgy" Edge computers and Edge's unwillingness to pay for costs associated with repeatedly shipping returns back to Sydney. It illustrates the seriously bad reputation Edge Technology developed over the years.

As a parting shot, I refuse to believe claims that eisa and Edge are not financially the same animal, despite eisa's ASX listing. One reader e-mailed me with the observation that we seem to have forgotten eisa stands for Edge Internet Services Australia.


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