The future of the Internet remains uncertain. The traditional ideals may prevail, allowing for the development of an utopian online society. Or the Internet may be transformed into a society purely based on capitalism, disregarding the original ideal of a pure, democratic society. The deciding factor may lie on the intentions of Microsoft and Bill Gates.
If Microsoft follows the course that they claim to be following and uses their influential power to create an optimistic future, positive implications will result. These include:
However, if Microsoft pursues what many claim to be monopolistic activities there will only be negative implications. These include:
The question that needs to be answered is whether the World Wide Web will remain as it is, or will it turn into Bills Web?
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