Much ado was made about Microsoft's recent decision to
prevent browsers other than Internet Explorer from accessing
MSN.com. They later apologized and opened MSN.com
back up to all browsers.
Setting aside any ethical judgment of Microsoft (which was
universally condemned for their actions and whose apology
was judged disingenuous), you have to admire the aggressiveness
of that company. They are a mean survival machine, willing
to take on everyone, including the U.S. Government and
judicial system, by nearly whatever means necessary. They
live on the edge of illegal behavior, testing how far they can
go to ensure their dominance. Watching them take on
competitors is like watching a wolf set loose near a
flock of sheep.
Someday Microsoft will flame out, and I suspect it will
be spectacular to watch.