Bill Gates just accidentally proved that even “unsuccessful” antitrust enforcement works

Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing:

” … being dragged through antitrust enforcement actions for a decade was deeply, profoundly traumatic for Microsoft and for Gates, personally. This trauma changed the corporate culture at Microsoft: while there had always been those who argued against monopolistic tactics, they had been dismissed as goody two-shoes who didn’t understand how to maximize the company’s growth. A decade of traumatic antitrust made prophets of those Chicken Littles, and whenever the monopolists in Microsoft’s board rooms argued for bullying, anti-competitive actions, the anti-monopolists could say, ‘Are you fucking kidding me? You want them to put Bill back on the stand?!'”