Antitrust & Competition Policy Blog

Editor: D. Daniel Sokol
University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Google Plans a PC Operating System

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Remember when lots of academics, practitioners and DOJ thought that Microsoft was going to crush everyone in innovative industries?  That seemed to be the dominant position in the academic and legal communities ten, five, three years ago (at least outside of Europe).  Well, today the NY Times reports that Google Plans a PC Operating System.  Google is the search engine of choice today and under DOJ investigation.  Let us also recall that Apple is a serious player in notebooks and Microsoft doesn't have anything that can really touch Apple regarding the IPod and IPhone.  Harry First and Andy Gavil are working on their Microsoft antitrust book this summer and I would be interested to see how they will resolve these technological developments given how they thought that Microsoft got off too easy.  This is yet another example of why we need to be very careful before going after dominant firms in the technology sector.

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