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The Microsoft Dilemma During the early 1980s a Seattle based company named Microsoft began its business campaign Lead by a young computer programmer Bill Gates Microsoft would soon become the largest computer software maker in the world This title did not come without a heavy price Many of the corporations that contributed to Microsofts domination of the software market are now filing lawsuits claiming unfair business practices Besides these corporations the US government and 20 other states are also filing anti-trust lawsuits claming Microsoft as a monopoly With the onslaught of lawsuits Gates still claims Microsofts actions and innovations were fair and legal and have brought tremendous benefits to consumers our industry and to the United StatesGoetz 56 Weather or not Microsoft is a monopoly is still being disputed by the courts yet we can at least understand how Microsoft reached this point through the corporations that have filed suits against Microsoft One of the first major projects that started Microsofts rise to the top was an operating system called DOS Gates simply copied the DOS program and configured it in a way to make it more user- friendly and renamed it MS-DOS Not only was the MS-DOS program more user -friendly it also made an easier environment for harnessing all the processing power a computer had available Michael-Hayes 45 This process made the MS-DOS program faster and more efficient Soon after the release the program was used as the primary program system for IBM computers With the positive impact of MS-DOS on Microsoft sales Bill Gates continued his success He started another project which would created a graphical interface which gave users both novice and amateur quick and easy access to their files Garett 27 Gates would soon call this new program Microsoft Windows After the release of Windows Microsoft was literally catapulted to the front of the computer software program market The programs offered in Windows were easier and quicker
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