Microsoft Antitrust Case

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Student: Stephen Votta
Class: Business and Society
Course time: Online
Professor: Dr. Chemene Crawford
Date due: 06/03/2006
The Anti-Trust Case against Microsoft

Microsoft was founded in 1975 by founder Bill Gates, a former Harvard drop out (Lawrence, 455). The business grew and controlled 90% of the market for operating systems, with revenues of over nineteen billion dollars per year (Lawrence, 455). In the nineteen nineties, the Internet generation was starting to explode and Microsoft new that it would be a profitable market. This led to their approach to develop a new product to handle this revolution. Their solution was Internet Explorer, which was created in 1995 to allow its users to access the World Wide Web
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- Hybrid to include two to three operating system companies and one software company (Lawrence, 461). This breakup seems sound and would create competition and avoid the problems of dividing applications and Internet Business, but will still take away from an industry standard. - Auction rights to windows source code to companies such as Sun Microsystems or IBM (Lawrence, 462). This would create competition, but according to Sun Microsystems none of the companies would bid on it because all of the key programmers live in Seattle and make too much to move (Lawrence, 462). - Require Microsoft to publish either the entire Windows code or part of it, so that other companies can create operating system and software (Lawrence, 462). - The government would write and enforce the rule for conduct for Microsoft (Lawrence, 462). This may seem like a great approach, but the source code is not well documented and would require technical support from Microsoft to understand (Lawrence, 462). After careful deliberation, the United States Justice Court concluded that Microsoft violated 1 and 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act and remedy that they be broken into two separate businesses; one of the businesses in the operating system market and other one in the Software market (Wikipedia). In 2000 Microsoft appealed to the Supreme Court, but
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