Digital Media Becomes Focus as Microsoft and AOL Settle


“[Th]e nature of the market for media software is different. For a browser maker, the crucial relationship ? and channel of distribution ? was with the PC makers, who were beholden to Microsoft because of its Windows monopoly. In digital media software, by contrast, the crucial relationship is with the owners of the content, the big media conglomerates, who have plenty of independent power and are not beholden to Microsoft.”

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