The promiscuity of Java programs

The promiscuity of Java programs and the ability of browsers to provide cross-operating system interfaces together threatened a wholesale disruption altering the pivotal status of the Windows-based desktop PC. The operating system could become a stripped-down version of its former self merely ensuring that Java-based instructions fetched by a browser from the Internet properly controlled… Continue reading The promiscuity of Java programs

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Monopolization under the Sherman Antitrust Act

Monopolization under the Sherman Antitrust Act The principal allegation of the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division, joined by 19 state attorneys general, was that Microsoft had monopolized and was attempting to monopolize the market for personal computer operating systems. Section 2 of the Sherman Act, passed in 1890 and amended only slightly thereafter, states… Continue reading Monopolization under the Sherman Antitrust Act

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Windows 95 and Explorer Paper

Windows 95 and Explorer The Internet Explorer browser that Microsoft adapted from a licensed Spyglass design was introduced in late 1995. Prior to that time, in June 1995, Microsoft and Netscape executives met to discuss their browser products. Testimony and documents from Netscape officials revealed that Netscape’s goal in the meeting was to gain access… Continue reading Windows 95 and Explorer Paper

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The Transition to Windows 98

The Transition to Windows 98 An early antitrust skirmish between Microsoft and the federal government ended with a negotiated consent decree in July 1994. The focus then was Microsoft operating system price terms that in effect established a zero price against which other operating systems had to compete. The terms of the decree were vague… Continue reading The Transition to Windows 98

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Precluding Preferential Deals and Coercion

Precluding Preferential Deals and Coercion: Microsoft would be enjoined from coercing software vendors or computer assemblers into accepting business relationships preferentially favorable to Microsoft and from offering operating system price discounts conditioned on terms preferentially favorable to other Microsoft products or services. All of these remedies would require the court or some other agency to… Continue reading Precluding Preferential Deals and Coercion

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Compulsory Licensing of Source Code

Compulsory Licensing of Source Code: Microsoft would be required not only to publish its operating system source code, but also to grant copyright licenses to use it to other firms. Under one proposal, rights to replicate the Windows source code in competing versions would be auctioned off to the highest three bidders in a competitive… Continue reading Compulsory Licensing of Source Code

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Read the case Microsoft on Trial

ECN121B – Industrial Organization II page 1 of 1 Prof. Muehlegger Case Write-up: Microsoft on Trial Due: In-class before case discussion   Instructions: Read the case “Microsoft on Trial” in the case packet and respond to the case question(s) below. You are welcome to discuss the case as a group, but each person must write… Continue reading Read the case Microsoft on Trial

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Relationship between technology and supply

Chapter 3 Questions 1-) (Tax Rates) Suppose taxes are related to income level as follows:                    Income                  Tax $1,000                  $200 $2,000                  $350 $3,000                  $450 a. What percent of income is paid in taxes at each level? b. Is the tax rate progressive, proportional, or regressive? 2-) What are the major functions of the government? Briefly discuss. 3-) What… Continue reading Relationship between technology and supply

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