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Through a combination of tactics that many people would consider monopolistic Microsoft is now involved in almost every aspect of the computer and computer-related telecommunications markets and is emerging as a major player in Internet commerce and on-line media ventures As of March 1997 87 of all the software developers were actually developing the Windows bit 32 platform which is the operating system for Microsoft Fifty three percent of 24 million US Professional developers use Microsofts visual basic program as their primary development language1 Microsoft is playing an increasing role in their technical education forging commercial partnerships with both commercial and academic training institutions Microsofts Internet Explorer desktop browser has overtaken Netscapes software for navigating the Internet Microsoft also has made many alliances with banks and its financial software Money and Personal Investor along with its financial server software Microsoft is emerging as a key player in shaping the on-line financial transaction system of the future Its ownership of the Microsoft NetworkMSN and its partnership with NBC which has created MSNBC venture has given Microsoft strong distribution outlets for its emerging range of media content Its investment in Dreamworks gives it a position in Hollywood movie and music production that can be assembled into its on-line ventures involving interactive multimedia as computers and television combine in coming years Also Microsoft is working to control the way people connect to the Internet from work and home Its 425 million purchase of WebTV gives it control of a major avenue for non-PC internet access Its 1 billion investment in the cable company Comcast and proposed investments in US West cable now make it a major player in designing standards for accessing the Internet over cable Microsofts Bill Gates is in partnership in a 9 billion venture to create a low-orbit satellite system called Teledesic that could give high-speed Internet access to anyone anywhere in the world an investment supported by the US government through a massive
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