The Microsoft Antitrust Law Suit

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The Microsoft Antitrust Law Suit Recently one of the biggest corporations in the United States, Microsoft had to face several ultimatums from the government. The case against Microsoft was brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as several state Attorneys General. Microsoft is accused of using and maintaining monopoly power to gain an unfair advantage in software market. The case has been under observation for a long time, but the Justice department is having trouble coming up with substantial evidence against Microsoft. Specifically, the Department must prove: That Microsoft has monopoly power and is using it to gain unfair leverage in the market. And that Microsoft has maintained this monopoly power through "predatory" actions. Many people feel that Microsoft is only taking advantage of its position in the market and using marketing strategies to attract new customers. They have chosen to implement a market development strategy to attract new customers, who are looking for a system that has Internet capability. Microsoft feels that by integrating their Internet Explorer web browser technology into Windows, they are only improving its functionality available to the customer. Some people, especially the judge, say that Microsoft began its "illegal" agenda when it began requiring PC manufacturers to sign a license agreement that said that, if they were going to have Windows preinstalled on their new systems, that the Windows Internet Explorer must also be installed. Although it is possible for consumers to install other browsers onto Windows and use them, critics say that Microsoft still has an unfair advantage. It also keeps other browser companies from being able to consult with PC manufacturers to put th... ... middle of paper ... ...rating systems. The company said, that it may be a small step from the government point of view, however a big step in company's opinion. I personally, believe that the government should stay out of the affairs of the economy, rather than get tangled up in a mess and just end up deadlocked like the Federal Trade Commission did in 1990. And even if the government did get involved, due to the extremely fast paced nature of the computer industry, and the extremely slow nature of the government, there may not be any resolve for quite a while. I am one of those people, who think that Microsoft did more good, than illegal, thus not necessitating their breakup, and until the corporation does something terribly wrong my opinion will stay the same. Bibliography: Works sited. http:/www.vcnet.com/bms/page3d.html http:/www.cnn.com/us/9805/18/federal.complaint/

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