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Microsoft Antitrust Case Since 1998 the Microsoft Corporation has been struggling with an antitrust case against the United States Justice Department They are being charged with violating aspects of the Sherman Act This act prohibits companies from using their size and power as a monopoly to expand their positions and take hold of new markets It is not illegal for a company to be a monopoly but it is illegal for the company to use their size as an advantage over other companies Lohr article 1 I believe that the Microsoft Corporation is in violation of the Sherman Act and the United States government should take actions against the company to monitor their business transactions and prevent this from happening again There are many examples of how the Microsoft Corporation used their size as an advantage over other companies to gain advantages in the software and computer market Compaq is one of the largest computer producers in the country They are the largest customers of the Microsoft Corporation They buy most of their software from them to load on their computers for sale Compaq considered loading the Netscape Navigator program as default instead of the Microsoft Internet Explorer Netscape is Microsofts main competition in the internet browser market When Microsoft found out about this decision they threatened to stop selling the Windows program to Compaq Lohr and Markoff Windows is the most popular program on the market and it controls at least eighty-five percent of the computers If Compaq were not able to sell their computers with the Windows program their sales would plummet Their product would not be as attractive to consumers without the program because of its popularity This is an example of Microsoft using their power as a monopoly to control other companies According to the Sherman Act a company cannot use their size as an advantage over other companies when it comes to promoting their product in a new market
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