Merger or No, Users Need Some Direction
Which will end first, the Microsoft and Department of Justice travails or the Hewlett-Packard and Compaq melodrama?Which will end first, the Microsoft and Department of Justice travails or the Hewlett-Packard and Compaq melodrama? While most would point to the upcoming March 19 shareholder vote on the HP-Compaq proposed merger as an end point, I think this one could stretch on longer than the Microsoft-vs.-DOJ smack down. I dont know how the HP vote will go, although Id guess it will be razor thin and the subject of even more dispute than the Florida presidential election results. I do know that, as weve written in the past and we report on this week, users would like a conclusion and a direction from the two companies. It is interesting that the somewhat-neglected stepchild of HP, the printing and imaging unit, has become the big star in the merger tug of war. Executive Editor/News Mike Zimmermans interview with the units president, Vyomesh Joshi some of the possibilities that could result if the merger goes through. I do have to admit I cant get all that excited over hearing about the great margins and profits in the printing business every time I have to shell out $35 for a printer replacement cartridge that probably costs about a buck to manufacture. Wheres open source when you need it?
Should Microsoft have to offer a stripped-down version of Windows as part of an antitrust settlement? I dont think you can find any user support for this idea, but this is one proposal being thoroughly hashed about in the court system. How about this idea? Microsoft will be forced to provide both a buggy and a bug-free version of Windows. Systems integrators and resellers could be sure to use the buggy version to provide lifelong job security.