For those keeping an antitrust scorecard in the IT industry, it is increasingly difficult to keep track of all the players.
Intel was sued in the United States, and it has faced antitrust investigations in Japan, Korea and Europe. Sony leads a list of memory chipmakers under antitrust investigation in the United States. Apple’s iTunes pricing and interoperability formats have been subject to regulatory scrutiny on antitrust grounds in Europe.
Why is it that very few large IT players are immune from antitrust attack? Are they simply unable to comport themselves with the law? Or is this regulatory trend indicative of governmental lack of faith in the very engine that has created sustained economic growth and innovation in the IT sector: the free market?
One thing never seems to change: Microsoft is always enduring some antitrust challenge–even when it is working with other industry players to create better products. Take, for example, Microsoft’s recent agreement with Novell to make Windows server software interoperate better with the Linux server products of Novell.
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