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Microsoft and Windows Media Player
webmaster Posted: Mon Sep 17 09:42:33 2007 Post | Quote in Reply

Microsoft lost its antitrust appeal. My question is why can't Microsoft bundle Windows Media Player with its Windows OSs? It's like saying MS cannot include Notepad, Calculator, Paint or Outlook with Windows.

A media player (in my opinion) is an integral part of any OS, be it Windows, Mac or Linux, and if MS has done so much to improve its media player, and done so well in monopolising the OS market, why can't they take advantage of it? Isn't that what a monopoly is all about?

Can someone please explain this to me?

FN Posted: Mon Sep 17 12:05:48 2007 Post | Quote in Reply  
  well monopolies = the devil, I can tell you that much.

As to why they're picking out the media player I don't really know

Posted: Tue Sep 18 01:27:33 2007 Post | Quote in Reply  
  it's because microsoft has been pushing for .wmv as the sole used video codec of its partners - and they have a lot of gold-certified partners.

.wmv really is an a) outdated and b) inefficient way of handling video. They're using their power to try and get it used more often, and all it's doing is hindering the public.

Of course, Microsoft saw this coming all the way: earlier this year they released Microsoft Silverlight, which is their flash video competitor - see 's videos section for an example of a Microsoft Gold Certified partner who has cast themselves in with this new format.

I really don't know why I know all that.


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