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I Introduction On May 30 1990 the Federal Trade Commission opened up an antitrust investigation on the Microsoft Corporation on charges that the companys pricing policy pertaining to their Windows Operation System illegally thwarted competition and that there was hidden code in their operation system that hindered competitive applications to run Microsoft continues to battle this attempt by the government to regulate to this day The leading software company in the world provides the software for nearly half of the worlds websites The government claim is that the software company continues to practice anti-competitive policies pertaining to the software licensing thus a violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act Microsoft simply defends that their practices are all legal and that they are merely trying to innovate their products Much has been said that if Microsoft controls the majority of the worlds network software then they are potential controllers of global commerce and content on the Internet A deep analysis will be done on the idea that is Microsoft Corporation a good monopoly or bad monopoly II Analysis The Microsoft Corporation is the current leader in software licensing not only in the United States but also globally Their chief product is their operation system Windows But the majority of the accused anti-trust violations come from their actions to control the Internet browser market On January 22 2002 AOL Time Warner Incorporated filed an antitrust suit against Microsoft accusing the software giant of using illegal practices to remove Netscape Communication Corporation from atop the Internet browser market According to a recent study by Netcraft Microsoft controls 492 of the actual hardware behind the worlds websites coming in a distant second-place is Linux controlling 285 of the market Client Server News Although one can argue that Microsoft is not a monopoly and does indeed have competition but the main charge against the corporation rose to the top by mandating computer makers to install the Explorer browser if they
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