Monopolies, Monopolistic Competition and Oligopolies
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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:
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.