Has anything changed?
Oct 24, 2005
7:18 AM EST
|When the Justice Department filed United States v.Microsoft it stated:
Microsoft possesses (and for several years has possessed) monopoly power in the market for personal computer operating systems. Microsoft’s “Windows” operating systems are used on over 80% of Intel-based PCs, the dominant type of PC in the United States. More than 90% of new Intel-based PCs are shipped with a version of Windows pre-installed. PC manufacturers (often referred to as Original Equipment Manufacturers, or “OEMs”) have no commercially reasonable alternative to Microsoft operating systems for the PCs that they distribute.
The reason they sited over 80% had to do with the threshold test of a monopoly.
Seven years later, they still control the market, have grown their market share and we're all hoping something good might come of it. I'm typing this on a Linux desktop instead of OS/2 or Apple.
Dr. Warren-Boulton discussed extensively the applications barrier to entry into the OS market. This barrier, which Dr. Warren-Boulton claimed would make it difficult for an entering firm to compete in that market...
Money people testified to that fact. So what's really changed?
DOJ missed the boast on this one. Hello Congress?
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