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Is Microsoft a monopoly? Why or why not? Research this case.

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The solution describes the market structure of Microsoft Corporation. The discussion resolves whether the company is a monopoly.

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For two decades, Microsoft was a formidable force in the PC software business. At that time it was unthinkable that other operating systems will overtake it in terms of usage. It did not think that software business will jump from the common household PC to cellphone applications. It is true that in 1999, "Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson of the U.S. District Court of Washington, D.C., officially declared Microsoft a monopoly" (Albro, 2007). Microsoft became a monopoly because they were able to create and enforce universal data interaction standards for personal computers ...

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