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Microsoft The Big Bully Stealing Your Lunch Money A monopoly by definition is a business or group that engages in unfair and often unethical business practices to control an industry and eliminate all competition that might lessen their profits The government has passed two main antitrust laws The Sherman Antitrust Act and The Clayton Antitrust act The Department of Justice has brought many trials against companies that appear to be violating the antitrust laws Two notable cases are the IBM and ATT trials Both ATT and IBM have since split into separate companies after their trials Today the Department of Justice has a case against the software giant Microsoft Microsoft has been the driving force behind much of todays commercial software and hardware The question is Does Microsoft have a monopoly on the computer market Microsoft is the dream of a pioneer named of Bill Gates The company was started in Seattle in the Early 1980s It has based its success on the exploitation of smaller software writers and vendors One of their first major projects was the operating system called DOS DOS was sold to IBM and used as their primary operating system on all PCs Microsoft is known for their Windows products Windows is a graphical interface that gives users both novice and amateur quick and easy access to their files Bill Gates created Windows by copying the operating system first used on Apple Computers Lisa later renamed Macintosh Microsoft simply made a few changes to the OS and renamed it Windows Microsoft has been under investigation since the early 1990s On May18 1998 the Department of Justice 20 states and the District of Colombia filed an antitrust suit against Microsoft They felt that Internet Explorer should not be distributed free with
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