Sunday, March 06, 2011

Letter Re "The Power of the Platform at Apple" -- NY Times

I enjoyed the recent article in the Times about how Apple Computer is
becoming a platform in mobile computing. The article, of course,
compared Apple to many other well-known companies that have created
successful platforms -- e.g. Microsoft and Google. However, one word
the article did not mention explicitly was that of monopoly; this is
seemingly the natural extension of creating a dominant platform --
particularly when the creators of the platform use the power granted
to them to shape the market. While we are rejoicing in Apple's
success, we should not forget what continued success will bring.

Letter responding to:
Unboxed: The Power of the Platform at Apple
By STEVE LOHR, Published: January 29, 2011