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If the Department of Justice should break up this multi-million dollar establishment and slice the company into competing camps wont this juncture allow Microsoft to ultimately profit more in the end Over 90 of the worlds computers already run Microsoft Windows which includes the Internet Explorer The Sherman Antitrust Act was put to into place in the late 1800s to forbid trusts and overturn illegal monopolies or monopolies that could be shown to be using their power to squelch competition1 This Act has been used against two monopolies thus far the Standard Oil Company and the American Tobacco Company A judge for the Department of Justice found that Microsoft violated a section of this Act when the company decided to tie its Web browser to its operating system2 Because of this innovative marketing decision by Microsoft it essentially blocked all avenues and caused competitors to lose business Such companies included IBM Netscape AOL Oracle and Sun Microsystems Companies that essentially pushed the government to do for them in court what they couldnt do in the market world beat out Microsoft No other company could manufacture what Microsoft has historically produced Microsoft is now a monopolistic practice because of good business In a report from the Computer Communications Industry Association it explained that Microsoft has monopoly power and has used its market dominance to hurt rivals lock-in consumers stifle competition innovation and inflate prices As true as this is we cannot ignore that this IS good business The disadvantage is that it broke the Sherman Antitrust Act the law but it produced a multi-million dollar company that did in fact monopolize most of the world Given the nature of Microsofts violations dividing the company would solve a number of problems and steer the industry in a new direction A direction that will ultimately result in more competition More choices for the consumer But it will be hard for us to change what we already
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