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The Microsoft Case
An economic analysis of the United States vs. Microsoft Corporation, complaint 98-1232.
# 67398 | 5,119 words | 22 sources | MLA | 2006 | US

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Since its formation in 1975, Microsoft has grown rapidly to become one of the largest and most successful companies in the world. However, since 1990, it has been plagued by a series of investigations by the US Fair Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on various antitrust allegations. This culminated in a major antitrust lawsuit filed against the company 18 May 1998. This paper provides an analysis of the above case, including the findings of facts, conclusions of law, the remedies proposed, the outcome of appeals filed as well as the proposed settlement reached in November 2001. The paper first, presents some background information on Microsoft and its major products. This is followed by a review of its conduct which resulted in the above-mentioned lawsuit filed against it. Next, the paper outlines the allegations made by the plaintiffs against Microsoft as well as the position taken by the company. This is followed by an account of the findings of fact, which found Microsoft guilty of almost all the allegations against it, conclusions of law, proposed remedies, outcome of appeals filed and settlement pact.

Paper Outline:
What is Microsoft all About?
Microsoft Responds to the Internet Revolution
The Plaintiff's Attack
Microsoft Defends Itself
The Judge Releases his Findings of Fact
Assessment of Findings of Fact
Aftermath of Findings of Fact

From the Paper:

"To do so, it began by investing US$100 million a year in Internet research and development and developed its own browser, the Internet Explorer (IE). It then carried out a slew of measures to promote IE as the browser of choice among Internet users. These included the free distribution of the browser software; bundling its browser with the Windows operating system when selling it to PC manufacturers and refusing to offer them the option of purchasing the operating system without the browser; and preventing PC makers from removing IE from the operating system, including the visible means of user access to the IE software, such as the IE icon on the Windows desktop or the IE entry in the "Start" menu."

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