News

U.S. Investigates Whether Microsoft Bullied Intel

Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp. currently face antitrust lawsuits regarding business practices with separate companies, and now the U.S. government is investigating Microsoft to find out if the software behemoth has inhibited Intel’s progress, according to a New York Times report.

In this new investigation, the Department of Justice is saying that Microsoft’s operating system monopoly affords the company the power to unfairly manipulate the pace of innovation in the industry, and Microsoft abused that power in dealings with Intel.

Dating back as far as 1995, Microsoft’s CEO, Bill Gates, and Intel’s leader, Andy Grove, have butted heads on the matter of Intel’s software development. Intel worked on software to enhance Internet communications, and audio and video capabilities, but Microsoft impeded Intel’s development because it conflicted with Microsoft’s own Internet interests. The Times reports that according to an internal memo written by an Intel executive who attended the meeting, Gates made it perfectly clear that he wanted Intel’s Architecture Labs to curb software development.--Thomas Sullivan, Staff Reporter/Reviews Editor

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

Featured

  • Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Version 1909

    Microsoft on Tuesday announced the release of Windows 10 version 1909, a new operating system product that's also known as the "Windows 10 November 2019 Update."

  • November Microsoft Security Bundle Addresses 75 Vulnerabilities

    Of that number, 13 vulnerabilities are rated "Critical" to patch, while 62 vulnerabilities are deemed "Important."

  • The Future of Office 365 Pricing

    With a raft of new Office 365 features in the pipeline, Microsoft also seems ready to change the way it bills its subscribers. Will it replicate Azure's pay-per-use model, or will it look like something else entirely?

  • Microsoft Offers 1 Year of Free Windows 7 Extended Security Updates to E5 Licensees

    Microsoft is offering one year of free support under its Extended Security Updates program to Windows 7 users if their organizations have E5 licensing.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.