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  1. DEBATEMicrosoft vs. CUCUG Barnes Hall Cornell University December 2001 Communication 301 – Mike Webb

  2. So Many Choices… Communication 301 – Mike Webb

  3. As Long as You Play by the Rules! Communication 301 – Mike Webb

  4. Opening Statement: CUCUG • Mike Webb • B.S. Communication, Cornell U. 1997 • Founder, Editor, The Amiga Monitor • Representing CUCUG Communication 301 – Mike Webb

  5. Opening Statement Cont’d. • Other computer platforms • Growth of “Wintel” • Negative effects of Wintel “monopoly” Communication 301 – Mike Webb

  6. Other Platforms:Apple Macintosh • Introduced in 1984 • Graphical User Interface (GUI) • Strengths: Printing, Desktop Publishing (History of Computing) Communication 301 – Mike Webb

  7. Other Platforms:Commodore Amiga • Introduced in 1985 • GUI, multitasking, 32-bit, OO, MM, etc.! • Strengths: Graphics, Desktop Video (History of Computing) Communication 301 – Mike Webb

  8. Intel Outside? • Mac/Amiga use Motorola processors • 68000 series in Amigas and early Macs • PowerPC in PowerMacs • Comparable to Intel • Problems with Intel architecture Communication 301 – Mike Webb

  9. “640K ought to be enough for anybody.” - B. Gates, 1981 (History of Computing Project) Communication 301 – Mike Webb

  10. Growth of Wintel • IBM created the Personal Computer • IBM’s extensive legacy/history • 1981: introduced “IBM PC” • Intel provided processor; Microsoft provided operating system • IBM faltered; Microsoft/Intel succeeded (Microcomputer History) Communication 301 – Mike Webb

  11. May the Best Technology Win? • Not Necessarily! • Famous example: Sony Betamax vs. VHS (History of Computing Project) • IOMega Zip vs. SyQuest EZ-Drive (Zip vs. EZ) VHS Beta Zip EZ Communication 301 – Mike Webb

  12. Drastic Measures • Anti-competition clauses lock computer manufacturers into using Microsoft products • Internet Explorer bundled with Windows, Netscape suffers • Market Share: IE >90, Netscape <10 (BrowserWatch) Communication 301 – Mike Webb

  13. Effects of Wintel Monopoly • Lack of competition hinders progress • Lack of competitors discourages new competitors • Power to the few • Superior technology ignored or forgotten Communication 301 – Mike Webb

  14. Mike Webb webb@cucug.org 607-272-7413 Communication 301 – Mike Webb