Bill Gates and Microsoft

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Bill Gates and Microsoft “Microsoft was founded based on my vision of a personal computer on every desk and in every home, all running Microsoft software,” Bill Gates once remarked (Stevenson). Everyone has their own dream but this was Bill Gates dream when he first co-founded Microsoft. This dream came to haunt him 12 years later when he was caught. Microsoft was charged with using its power to eliminate its competitor in the Web-browser market in the mid-90s (Stevenson). Bill Gates’ dreams and passions lead him to try to monopolize the computer industry using Microsoft and the antitrust lawsuit that followed. The early life of Gates got him interested in computers. Bill Gates was the son of William Henry Gates III and Mary …show more content…
Because of this and Microsoft not allowing the installation of other web browser the rivals of Microsoft said that they were forcing their customers to use Internet Explorer (“Bill Gates”). In the mid-90s, Microsoft was selling millions of copes each months and Gates’ fortune had once again ballooned on the strength of other developers’ ideas (Stevenson).
By the 1990s, Microsoft came under heavy heat from the government and other companies. The Federal Trade Commission began to investigate Microsoft for antitrust violations and there were also companies that were in the same business field as Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Microsoft saying that they violated the antitrust laws (Reynolds). This was before Window 3.0 exists and the internet was an obscure academic curiosity. “The software market is changing faster than the Clinton Administration can regulate it” (Reynolds). This quote means that during this time the technology were advancing so fast that even the government cannot keep track of what companies. Even though there were nearly ten times as many subscribers using America Online than Microsoft Network for internet service, America Online was still scared of Microsoft Network (Reynolds). Microsoft was so big that even other big companies were scared of them.
The first antitrust lawsuit against Gates and Microsoft was in 1994. After Gates settled this court case, he argued that this latest ruling permitted Microsoft to go on as if

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