Underhand or good old business methodology?

When given an opportunity to voice an opinion I normally leave it to those who know what they are talking about; for example politics, although this has become a political hot potato in the US.

However, with the issue of Microsoft and the 'antitrust lawsuit' raised against them one feels compelled to add my idiom. The first line of thought to a layman may well be to concur with those filing the suit, "haven't they enough of the market already".

But it does tend to fly in the face of modern business methods, and what all budding managers are taught -- never let the opposition get ahead, and employ all [legal] tactics to stay ahead of the game. This is where the issue lies -- are the tactics of Microsoft considered to be underhand or good old business methodology? Bill Gates has quoted the irony of being "punished for freedom and innovation".

Today is June 25th and the day Windows 98 is officially released. Is it for me? I'll wait for the outcome of the case and then decide!

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