Phew. I was worried for a while that I wouldn't get to see one of my best friends, the Microsoft Monopoly, again! Luckily for me, it's coming back.
Obviously, this alone doesn't scream monopolistic practice. I mean, there's no particular law against Microsoft wanting to have a strict standards program, to give consumers the best possible computing experience...
Hoo hoo hee. Sorry, but marketing bullshit and buzzwords make me laugh. I could never be in sales. Anyways...
Inherently, there's nothing particularly wrong with it. As long as you don't do something stupid like make it impossible for non-certified applications to run on your OS. Or, say, make it impossible for retailers to sell these non-certified products.
My question is: Why would someone like Office Depot specifically limit the number of items it can sell? Don't they understand that those other products create a profit? Why intentionally shoot yourself in the foot? Is Office Depot really making that much money each quarter, they can happily forsake more sources of revenue?
Okay, more than one question. But you get what I'm saying, I hope.
Thanks to Heath for the article.