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Dennis,

If you owned the operating system, and controlled what operating system was 
installed in *every* Intel based computer manufactured, and controlled what 
other software the computer manufacturer could bundle with the computer and 
installed your spreadsheet (assuming that it was something that was desired 
by 90 percent of the people buying a computer) for free, then I would say 
that you would soon have control of that spreadsheet market and have everyone 
else that had a similar spreadsheet for sale screaming to the blue heavens.

Gillette Safety Razor Company "gave away" (charged only a nominal price) for 
their razor, but made a helluva profit on the blades which were necessary for 
the razor to work.

Micro$oft "gave away" (charged only a nominal price) to computer 
manufacturers for their operating system to be preinstalled and controlled 
what software could be preinstalled on the computer.

>From the gitgo, M$ purchased existing systems, starting with Seattle 
Software's DOS (Dirty Operating System) which, itself, copied CP/M.

Any software that threatened M$'s dominance in an area was either bought by 
M$, such as FoxPro, and put out to pasture, or disparaged, such as Timeline, 
or a "free" version by M$ preinstalled on computers with M$ operating systems.

That is monopolizing!

A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
Tucson, Arizona

Dennis Wish wrote:

>>If you use that argument, than I should never have donated the lateral 
design spreadsheet to the community because it would hurt Keymark and
Woodwork's market - which I doubt it made a dent in.<<