The Microsoft Anti-Trust Case: Presidential Candidate Recommendations

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The Microsoft Anti-Trust Case: Presidential Candidate Recommendations The Microsoft Antitrust Case is essentially the clash of two separate ideals, the key issue being how much influence the government should have in the marketplace. According to the U.S. Justice Department, Microsoft is in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, which states: “Every person who shall monopolize, or attempt to monopolize, or combine or conspire with any other person or persons, to monopolize any part of the trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, shall be deemed guilty of a felony.” (“The Sherman Antitrust Act”) The Justice Department claims that Microsoft used its power to establish and maintain a…show more content…
Microsoft’s Windows operating system (OS) became a quick success since its creation, entering into the service of millions of consumers worldwide. Ever since Windows became the dominant OS, rival companies have faced the problem of designing software compatible with Windows in order to maintain their large customer population – failure to do so would be detrimental to their own company. Because Microsoft owns the code to its Windows software, defenders of the company argue that it has the right to distribute (or not to distribute) its code at its own leisure. According to Microsoft, the court order forcing them to sell their code is considered a breach of its rights to freedom and property. (“Frequently Asked Questions”) In addition, the RealNetworks case – which demanded that Microsoft unbundle its Windows Media Player from the Windows software (Krim) – can be considered a breach of the same rights. After all, Microsoft, as a seller, can dictate the terms that it wants to sell to its consumers, leaving it up to the consumers as to whether they want to buy the product or not. (“Frequently”) Therefore, court orders that force Microsoft to either share its technology or change the “bundle” that Windows is sold with are considered by Microsoft to be a violation of their right to freedom and property Furthermore, Microsoft has claimed that it practices sound business techniques that have brought it to the forefront of computer software developers.
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