Microsoft’s Antitrust Battle

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I. Introduction to Microsoft Microsoft Corporation was founded by William H. Gates III also known as Bill Gates and Paul G. Allen in 1975. Since their inception they have been credited for developing various operating systems to coordinate with the personal computer (PC). “Microsoft possesses a dominant, persistent, and increasing share of the world- wide market for Intel-compatible PC operating systems. Every year for the last decade, Microsoft 's share of the market for Intel-compatible PC operating systems has stood above ninety percent. For the last couple of years the figure has been at least ninety-five percent, and analysts project that the share will climb even higher over the next few years (Justice).” Microsoft has also…show more content…
“(“The Findings of Fact in the United States Microsoft antitrust case established that "One of the ways Microsoft combats piracy is by advising OEMs that they will be charged a higher price for Windows unless they drastically limit the number of PCs that they sell without an operating system pre-installed. In 1998, all major OEMs agreed to this restriction." This has been called the "Windows tax" or "Microsoft tax") (Criticisms to Microsoft).” Another of Microsoft’s criticisms was stemmed from its deciding to market its software separate of the hardware it ran on by envoking a copyright to the software and licensing it in terms similar to music (Criticisms to Microsoft). Since investigations on Microsoft began the corporation realized it had a reputation to uphold as well as dispute the legal issues of antitrust violations. Microsoft’s main complaints of violation came from its competitors as being monopolistic. A monopoly “exists when a specific individual or enterprise has sufficient control over a particular product or service to determine significantly the terms on which other individuals shall have access to it (Sherman Antitrust).” Though Microsoft settled the initial dispute with the FTC and DOJ there legal issues were far from over. There next legal accusation came from Apple Computer. Apple accused Microsoft’s CEO Bill Gates of threatening to stop the production of Apple compatible software if
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