You might not be sure, but I am.
Firstly, you quite clearly emphasised ...'not JUST Microsoft...', which implies that you felt that I was singling out Microsoft. The issue of pricing had nothing to do with this thread, so why attempt to take the discussion off-track?
Secondly, I went through the article several times and cannot find any reference to '...the Australian government said that Microsoft really has no other competition...'. Where do you get this from?
Do you not know how to forums? That's what happens, things will without doubt get off track. Have you not been here long enough to know that by now? Also, the point of the article is centered around Microsoft and the thread as well as it is.
Microsoft, Adobe, Apple poorly justify Australian price gouging - Neowin
This is the article I read today about this and the reference I used to that.
So you post a statement based on an article that no one else has seen and expect others to know that's where you are getting your information? Was it too difficult to post that reference upfront and even quote where you got your idea?
You'll also find some transcripts of the hearing here: Australia Tax Inquiry Live Blog: Unbelievable Testimony As It Happened | Gizmodo Australia, which puts additional context into the statement made by Jones:
While alternatives are available, it's often not so easy to move to an alternative, which is the context that I think Jones was talking about. But given the way Microsoft is heading, the incentive to seek out alternatives may well grow strong.[1:42]
Committee says that you’d be very surprised to walk into an Australian business and not find a copy of Microsoft Office on there. Trying to get Marlow to admit that the Lion’s share of small businesses use Microsoft’s products. She won’t be drawn because she doesn’t have the market share details in front of her.
Committee adds that small businesses are either too busy or too lazy to compare Microsoft Office to the freeware and open source alternatives. This feels very leading of the Committee.
That is very true - and it is already happening since a while. Look at the growth rates of Android, iOS and Chrome OS will follow. The only near monopoly that MS still has is the PC - and that they seem to be determined to destroy. BAD strategy in my book.While alternatives are available, it's often not so easy to move to an alternative, which is the context that I think Jones was talking about. But given the way Microsoft is heading, the incentive to seek out alternatives may well grow strong.
Every one take five. . .need to take a bathroom break and get another cold one. . .