Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison broke his recent silence on Microsoft?s antitrust troubles in dramatic style, accusing his rival of ?lying? and using ?patently illegal? business methods.
In a typically colourful speech at the Harvard Conference on Internet and Society in Massachusetts yesterday, Ellison claimed Microsoft has ?an absolute monopoly? that breaks the law. ?If you want to build computers, you?ve got to ask Bill?s permission,? he ranted. ?If Bill wanted to triple the price of Windows, you?d pay. You wouldn?t have any choice.?
He backed up Netscape?s claims that Microsoft had attempted to use its dominant position to drive its rival out of the browser market and dismissed MS chief Bill Gates? counter arguments that regulatory restrictions would stifle innovation in the Windows product set. ?The thing I find most contemptible is Bill?s lying, this thing about innovating,? he said in an interview with ?PC Week?.
Ellison believes the antitrust case should result in Microsoft being forced to give up its Internet Explorer browser and re-enter the market with a product built from scratch, and entirely separate from the Windows operating system. He also suggested that Microsoft should pay fines related to revenue from versions of IE that were sold bundled with Windows.
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