Microsoft -”Do it our way, or not at all”?

It is being reported on the net that Datel Design has filed an anti-trust lawsuit in San-Francisco federal court against Microsoft.  The reason behind this move?  Because its alleged that a recent update caused 3rd party memory packs (namely Datels) to become incompatible.

Of course since the memory packs don’t come from Microsoft, it appears they can be bought cheaper and makes one wonder if the distasteful practice of the user saving money has caused Microsoft to switch them off? Id say no, its more likely that Microsoft just wants you to “do it their way, or not at all” (IMO)

In respect of the Datel Card compared to the official Microsoft one, Datel had this say:

The Microsoft memory card does exactly the same thing – with the difference that it offers only one-quarter the memory while listing for the same retail price…

Datel go on to say:

Antitrust law protects the right of consumers to choose. Just as a car manufacturer can’t require a buyer to purchase tires for the life of the car from the manufacturer, Microsoft cannot force consumers to buy accessories only from it. Free competition in the marketplace allows consumers the most choices at the best prices. Datel believes that its antitrust lawsuit will restore competition and permit consumers to enjoy the benefits of their Max Memory cards, as well as the many other innovative products Datel has in the pipeline…

“Microsoft cannot force consumers to buy accessories only from it”? – In my opinion, I wouldn’t count on it.

For those people “lucky” enough to have an Xbox 360, the following music video may bring back some happy memories.

Further reading

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5 thoughts on “Microsoft -”Do it our way, or not at all”?

  1. Whatever you want to say about the legality of MS locking out parts (or even games) on the XBox360 systems, its still kind of a first, as to the best of my memory, Sony has never done anything like this with PlayStation. However, there are many parallels, think of MS changing the api’s to insure that Wordperfect, was not so perfect some years ago, or Apple moving to x86 and putting in the efi chip to insure OS X would only run on Mac hardware.

    Since we are talking XBox360, (a subject that I brought up many times on MS Watch) here is a story and link you might find of interest:

    Is Modern Warfare 2 Causing RROD? A Possible COD-spiracy?

    also this link:

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  3. M$ is trying to corner “all the colors” of the rainbow:

    Microsoft investigates Windows 7 ‘screen of death’ (black)

    Quote from the link: “Microsoft has confirmed that it is investigating a problem described as the “black screen of death”, which affects its latest operating system.
    The firm said it was looking into reports that suggest its latest security update, issued on 10 November, was the cause the problem.”

    Let see, BSOD (Blue), RROD (Red Ring of Death=3 red lights), E74 (thinking this one is only 2 red rings), and now the Black Screen of Death. The only real question is what color enhancement will Windows 8 bring to the “Screen of Death?”

    Could this be another reason that companies and users are not quick to install updates from M$? The fear of borking the system from the borg. M$ is famous for issuing buggie updates.

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