The Microsoft Mafia

This topic has been discussed online and in podcasts around the net over the last month or more. Microsoft's FortressFinally I’ve seen an article in print that asks the real questions. John C. Dvorak in calls Microsoft’s latest support policy, The Microsoft Protection Racket. In the article he asks the question, why would Microsoft ever fix any of their software if they are making good money off of charging for it’s support?

Does Microsoft think it is going to get away with charging real money for any sort of add-on, service, or new product that protects clients against flaws in its own operating system? Does the existence of this not constitute an incredible conflict of interest? Why improve the base code when you can sell “protection”? Is Frank Nitti the new CEO?

Dvorak goes on to say that Microsoft can no longer control the problems it’s created with spyware and viruses in WindowsXP. He wonders if the new Vista versions will have the proper security built in to begin with, after all, if the software will really work and be absolutely secure from the outset, what will happen to the cash cow that Microsoft has built selling protection?

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Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central. The New Media Show and Podcast Legends.