Everyone should read Joe Wilcox’s update, based on the release of more court docs, on the ongoing saga of Why Vista Sucked on Release. (Short version: because Intel asked.)
Teaser quote, which would look fine in Mankiw or Krugman’s next Macro text:
Based on the available information, I come to an easy conclusion: One monopoly colluded with another for economic gain—and in this instance causing harm to Microsoft, its partners and customers. Matters were even worse than intended, because Microsoft delayed Vista:
- Vista-inferior chip sets stayed in market longer than they otherwise should have.
- More consumers bought PCs incapable of fully running Aero Glass.
- Notebooks were disproportionately affected, because the state of the art was even lower than for desktops.
So if the guys at Compaq wonder why I will never buy one of their products again, they may have a legitimate argument that it wasn’t all their fault. But it doesn’t change the reality—or, if you prefer, the Externality.