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Is Microsoft a monopoly? Is the electric power industry in California an oligopoly? Explain your reasoning for each.

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Microsoft cannot be termed as pure monopoly. Even though Windows captures a huge market share in the computer industry and especially, the operating system segment, it cannot be termed as pure monopoly because users have access/choice to other operating systems, such as Apple and Linux.

However, the huge market share of Microsoft in the operating system and software industry more or less makes it a kind of monopoly only.

Currently there are no products, nor are there likely to be any in the near future, that a significant percentage of consumers world-wide could substitute for Intel-compatible PC operating systems without incurring substantial costs. Furthermore, no firm that does not currently market Intel-compatible PC operating systems could start doing so in a way that would, within a reasonably short period of time, present a significant percentage of ...

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Is Microsoft a monopoly? Is the electric power industry in California an oligopoly? Explain your reasoning for each.

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