standards don't rule the computing world. Today, ninety-two percent of desktops and now seventy percent of servers run the completely proprietary and non-standardized Microsoft Windows operating system. Even though POSIX was an ISO standard the weight of the market got behind the de-facto standard of Windows. Network effects matter. The definition of Microsoft Windows is completely under the control of its creator, and "Windows" is defined as what Microsoft says it is, nothing more or less (1).

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