NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- What distinguishes today's "device economy" from yesterday's "PC economy" is the tight control brands have over their ecosystems.Back in the day, long before Y2K, this question seemed settled. Apple (AAPL - Get Report) failed as the sole-source supplier for the Macintosh because it could not scale production to meet demand. Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) won the market, despite being five years behind with its Windows software, because it gave its partners freedom.
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