The Software Publishers Association (SPA) has called for the Department of Justice (DoJ) to broaden its antitrust investigation into Microsoft and to examine the software giant's activities in the server market.
In a white paper, Competition in the Network Market: The Microsoft Challenge, the organisation alleges that Microsoft is extending its desktop monopoly into servers via its Windows NT operating system.
Microsoft, which is a full member of the SPA, rebuffed the claims even before the white paper was posted on the Association's Web site last week.
The document alleges that "Microsoft's desktop monopoly allows it to extend its monopolistic power to the network server and enterprise application markets as quickly and decisively as it did on the desktop".
The company can do this in three ways, claimed the SPA.
Firstly, Windows 98 will be phased out and Microsoft will force users to move to NT whether they want to or not because of the position it commands on the desktop.
Secondly, this dominance lets Microsoft dictate to application providers the technologies, network communications and protocols they must support when building packages to run on Microsoft operating systems, thus having a strong influence on the rest of the market.
Finally, Microsoft has been very aggressive in its marketing of NT and is using its power to eliminate competition through bundling applications with its operating system, predatory pricing, tied pricing and the manipulation of technical standards and specifications.
SPA also alleges that developers, venture capitalists and start-up companies are afraid to enter new markets that Microsoft has identified as targets.
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