And the internet would have remained far more powerful even if Microsoft had won the suit and Internet Explorer retained top market share.
What would the tech world look like today if Microsoft had won the antitrust suit? Google, Facebook, Netflix and Amazon would still rule the Internet.
Before the suit, Microsoft was the world’s most influential technology company, with Windows essentially a monopoly in operating systems, Microsoft Office a monopoly in productivity suites and Internet Explorer a top browser.Microsoft’s attempts to make it in the mobile market have been dismal failures despite the billions of dollars spent.But that has nothing to do with the company being forced to unbundle its browser from Windows.It forced Microsoft to let people easily use other browsers than Internet Explorer.Allowing people to choose their own browsers, though, had nothing to do with Google’s success.It’s because the company never really understood what people wanted in mobile phones.So, although Microsoft was a powerful company back in the late 1980s and 1990s, the internet was far more powerful.No matter which browser you used, you used Google to search because it was far better than the competition.People avoided Microsoft’s MSN search like the plague because it was such a bad search tool. As for Facebook, the claim that “Microsoft-Myspace” would be the world’s most popular social network if Microsoft had won the suit is just plain weird. Facebook was launched in 2004, at a time when Internet Explorer’s share of the browser market was a stratospheric 91%, and that did nothing to hold back Facebook. bought Myspace in 2005, and the upstart Facebook beat Myspace and the global might of News Corp. There’s another oddball claim that Blumenthal and Wu make, that Netflix might not exist if Microsoft had won the antitrust suit.Chrome, which is now the dominant browser, didn’t exist yet.Google succeeded for a simple reason: It was the best search engine in the world.