Being the most successful software company in the world is a tough job - it was bound to earn Bill Gates a few enemies on the way, but it seems that now everyone is gunning for Microsoft.
The richest man in the world must be asking if he's getting paid enough to endure such villification. The latest slingshot comes from Republican US Senator Orrin of Utah in alliance with AT&T and the ever-pugilistic Sun Microsystems.
The triumvirate told a hearing of a Senate subcommittee on antitrust, business rights and competition, that Microsoft's desktop monopoly could spill over into the emerging market for set-top boxes.
Hatch, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he was concerned that Microsoft's acquisitions of Web TV and the cable TV company Comcast would stifle innovation and creativity. He was supported by Michael Armstrong, AT&T's chairman and CEO, who also expressed some concern about Microsoft's activities.
No surprises that the plain-speaking came from Sun Microsystems' procurement chief, John Marselle, who said unequivocally, "Microsoft wants to own the market."
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