Volume 93, Issue 99

Wednesday, April 5, 2000


Rez move-in day up in the air

BookStore hops on the used book bandwagon

Students get pat on the back

Kissel to school Ottawa as CASA president

Western professors celebrate excellence

Council chooses new benefactor of funds

Western to talk MRI

Microsoft appeals U.S. court ruling

Bass Ackwards

Microsoft appeals U.S. court ruling

By Marcy Cabral
Gazette Staff

Microsoft chair Bill Gates' decision yesterday to appeal a U.S. court ruling labelling the software giant as a monopoly has raised the eyebrows of several Western business experts.

With the two year trial now over, Western business professors agreed Microsoft had been painted as a corporate predator on a mission to take out the competitors in the new and upcoming internet browser software market.

Microsoft's ruling as a monopoly would have a definite effect on its control of the market, said Craig Dunbar, associate professor of finance at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Dunbar said without Microsoft around to compete, the computer market would be less innovative and productive.

Ross Archibald, also a business professor at Ivey, said he agreed with Dunbar's prediction. "No question it will detract from their control of the market and their sales," he said.

However, John McComb, a database administrator at Ivey, disagreed. "It won't affect the market because Microsoft is too big," he said.

Assistant professor of marketing at Ivey, Kersi Antia, said U.S. policy-makers seemed to be taking a hard stance with Microsoft – sending a signal out to other competitors by using the software giant as an example. Still, Antia said he believed a breakup was not in the cards.

Dunbar said he believed it was time for some action on the government's part. "Anytime the government tries to step in and run something it's a bad sign," he said, adding Microsoft may begin to worry about government involvement rather than creating new software.

Archibald agreed and said the U.S. government was the last thing a company wanted on their backs, for numerous reasons.

"The [U.S.] government should not meddle in business affairs because the market will correct itself later on," said John Eggers, an associate business professor.

He added the controversy would have a negative impact on the entrepreneurial growth of computer companies, but Microsoft would find a way to work around the court verdict and probably win the an appeal.

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