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Apple's and Microsoft's secret pact for tech domination

Galen Gruman | April 2, 2013
15 years ago, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates agreed to let Apple own the client and Microsoft the back end to thwart antitrust probes, newly discovered emails say

The pattern is very clear: Microsoft's competitive responses to Apple client technology has been both late and inadequate, marketing hype aside, enabling the shift now under way from Windows PC to Macs and iPads. Apple's adoption of Microsoft back-end technology and limited competition with Office has not only neutralized Microsoft's back-end competitors but given Microsoft nearly full control of that market.

This pattern supports the apparent intent of the secret Jobs-Gate agreement. Antitrust concerns around Microsoft in the United States have evaporated, while Apple and Microsoft have solidified their positions in complementary segments of the technology industry. That's not proof of a secret agreement to divide the market, but it makes for a convincing argument.

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