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Many have asked the question of whether Microsoft has turned into a monopoly of the high technology and software industry This question is an easy one to answer yes it is Over the years Microsoft has used its wealth and influence over the software industry to pull away from the competition by threatening competitors of withdrawing contracts and software deals This is how Microsoft has grown to become a modern monopoly Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson presided over the case and at the end of a long trail found Microsoft to be guilty of violating the federal anti-trust law Microsoft was also found guilty of harming consumers by overcharging for many of its products In a anti-trust case all damages are tripled Microsoft speaks in fear of other operating systems when they themselves control 90 of the industry If you include Apple Microsoft still has control of 80 There are many major moves that Bill Gates and Microsoft have made to support the findings that Microsoft has used its power to take control over the industry First of all Microsoft refuses to make the source-code of Windows public so that some similar products could not be made In 1994 after Netscape had launched Netscape its new browser Microsoft proposed a deal to absorb Netscape into Windows and when Netscape refused Microsoft made its own browser Internet Explorer and included it in the Windows package In 1995 Intel developed a new technology called NSP Native Signal Processing Gates thought that this would undermine Windows and threatened to cut support for Intel PCs Intel then stopped all work on NSP Then when Apple had made Netscape its default browser Microsoft told Apple that they would cancel Microsofts Mac Office software and later IE Internet Explorer was Apples default browser Microsoft then persuaded America Online to offer IE in return for a AOL folder on the Windows Desktop Microsoft made sure that Netscape was never offered or promoted
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