Is Microsoft a monopoly? Is the electric power industry in California an oligopoly? Explain your reasoning for each.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com September 20, 2018, 2:20 pm ad1c9bdddf - https://brainmass.com/economics/supply-and-demand/microsoft-monopoly-electric-power-oligopoly-140485
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 ...
Is Microsoft a monopoly? Is the electric power industry in California an oligopoly? Explain your reasoning for each.