In 1998, the U.S. Justice Department and 20 state attorney generals filed lawsuits against Microsoft. In your discussion, include the reason for the lawsuit, the outcome of the trial, and how this lawsuit affected Microsoft and consumers.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 25, 2018, 5:47 am ad1c9bdddf
Lawsuits against Microsoft
Reason for the Lawsuit
According to Johnson (2011) "the issue central to the case was whether Microsoft was allowed to bundle its flagship Internet Explorer web browser software with its Microsoft Windows operating system. The plaintiffs alleged that Microsoft abused monopoly power on Intel-based personal computers in its handling of operating system sales and web browser sales".
Economides (2011) records that the 1998 case against Microsoft springs from the following allegations:
1. Microsoft illegally monopolized the market for operating systems for personal computers ("PCs") under Section 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act;
2. Microsoft had anti-competitive contractual arrangements with various vendors of related goods, such as with computer manufacturers ("OEMs") and Internet Service Providers ("ISPs"), and had taken other actions to preserve and enhance its monopoly; that these contractual arrangements and other actions were illegal under Section 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act;
3. Microsoft illegally attempted to ...
The solution discusses the past legal problems of Microsoft Corporation. It describes the bases of the lawsuit, the outcome of the trial, and how this lawsuit affected Microsoft and consumers.
Analyze Antitrust claim against Microsoft
Prepare a paper, following the APA guidelines, detailing the antitrust claims faced by the Microsoft Corporation as detailed in the above websites (see Required Readings for this week). Please provide an analysis of your own opinion about the charges levied against Microsoft. Do you believe that the charges were valid, or was Microsoft merely acting aggressively as capitalistic businesses are required to act in order to excel? You are encouraged to seek out scholarly articles and appropriate websites to support your position.View Full Posting Details