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Joseph Economics This paper will show my opinion of Microsoft being branded a monopoly I feel this example shows supply and demand in addition to monopolistic competition This entire ordeal is over a free browser that Microsoft includes with windows for free and gives out on the internet for free just as Netscape and most other browser companies do The government feels that Microsoft is creating a demand purely for their products by forcing its browser on suppliers and controlling prices I have yet to see where Microsoft is charging extraordinary prices for any of these free programs nor do I see how Netscape in using the governments definition a monopoly itself is being forced out of business by Microsofts free browser Remember the charge is against including Internet Explorer with Windows not the Windows monopoly itself It is much better to have one operating system than 20 or even 2 Software compatibility technical support and setup are much more simplified with one operating system Programs today are specifically designed to be Windows compatible Would you rather have 20 local phone companies each with a different line and number running into your house or one as is the case now Internet Explorer brings browser competition to a market that is essentially monopolistic itself Internet Explorer gives Netscape a competitive product where before virtually none existed The purpose of antitrust laws is to prevent only harmful monopoly Microsofts operating system near monopoly is harmful in very few ways Nor is Intels chip near monopoly harmful nor is Netscapes browser near monopoly Other reasons easily explain how Microsoft came about to its size and how new companies constantly spring up in the computer industry Computer software is a very volatile industry To succeed in this industry all you basically need is a good program and a way to offer it for sale All they have to do is make a program and copy
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