Monopolies, Monopolistic Competition and Oligopolies

Business / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
This paper answers five questions on monopolies, monopolistic competition, and oligopolies in terms of the Microsoft case based on the text by Schiller “The Macro Economy Today”.

This paper is structured as five questions about monopolies, monopolistic competition, and oligopolies, based on the Microsoft situation, and whether or not it is a monopoly. The required text is “The Macro Economy Today”, by Bradley R. Schiller. The first question covers the Microsoft current situation and its history. The second question defines a monopoly, the third question covers the situation of oligopoly as applied to the Microsoft situation, and the fourth question pertains to the condition of monopolistic competition as relevant to the Microsoft case. Finally, the fifth question looks at deregulation of the Microsoft. This paper is a useful resource material on the subject of Microsoft and monopolies.

Table of contents
I. Introduction
II. Answer 1: Microsoft’s history and current situation regarding the monopoly issue.
III. Answer 3: A concept from the chapter Oligopoly? to the Microsoft situation:
IV. Answer 4: Monopolistic competition in Microsoft’s situation
V. Answer 5: Deregulation of businesses in Microsoft’s situation:
Answer 1: Microsoft’s history and current situation regarding the monopoly issue.

The case against Microsoft started back in the early 1990. The first major issue, which started it all, was the fact that Microsoft was that Microsoft had been using its powers in the operating system market to force computer manufacturers to put its Internet Explorer on all personal computers on which they installed the windows operating system. This was making it very hard for other smaller players, such as Netscape, who also had an Internet browser to compete. This was just one of the many things that Microsoft was said to be doing wrong. The antitrust case by the US Department of Justice against Microsoft was accusing Microsoft of firstly, thwarting competitors in the operating system market, by making banners of entry in the market. These include exclusive bargain purchase agreements with all, or most major computer manufacturers. It also accused Microsoft of using its monopoly position in the marketplace to gain unfair advantages in the marketplace. Also, a trend was that Microsoft was also accused in this case of buying out competitors.

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