One has to wonder if corporate directive at Microsoft is as blatant as it seems from outside. What is it that makes them behave as if monopolistic bullying is an inherent right for biggest, baddest damned behemoth ever to roam face of information economy? That they can rule Earth just because they think they'd like to give it a go?
It is almost inconceivable that they already rule planet PC, from operating system, to web browser, to email client, to word processing program, to calendaring program, to media player, to spreadsheet, to financial software, to presentation application, to web server software, etc., etc., etc., ad infinitum.
Microsoft kinda oughtta be satisfied with that, eh? NOOOOO! Let's have them control software RE-licensing, enterprise mail servers, certification of network administrators, and GEE fellas! How's about we develop a system called .Net in which we store and control, via our proprietary system, all information on planet? Cool idea huh?
While we're at it, why don't we tie all our products together, being certain that nobody uses any competing software -- with Smart Tags? These little geniuses will not only allow us to control software worldwide, but all advertising on every web page in world by allowing us to plant hyperlinks on those pages that connect to advertisers who'll pay Microsoft to hijack website traffic? Jeeeezz! This is sooooo cool!
Judge Penfield Jackson couldn't remain unbiased when he saw these tactics and publicly stated his disdain for blatant monopolistic practices that only a team of Microsoft lawyers could possibly approve of. So it is almost as though court of appeals has now said, "No matter how heinous a crime, don't ever let 'em see you flinch! It makes you look as if you actually have some morals and standards. Judges are not allowed public opinions!"