in The Microsoft Case: Antitrust, High Technology, and Consumer Welfare

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780226644639
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226644653 | DOI:

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The Microsoft case was drawn on the new theory of network effects and path dependence to explain the emergence and persistence of Microsoft as the dominant supplier of operating systems, and it gained urgency from the importance of the products to the “new economy.” The theory underlying the case reflected the effect of the intentional vision in many respects. The experience in the private follow-on litigation was disturbing, primarily because of the indirect purchaser class actions. The European Commission's antitrust case against Microsoft indicates the need for reform in global antitrust enforcement. The Commission remedy required Microsoft to create a version of Windows without its media player and mandated disclosures of communications protocols. It is finally noted that Microsoft's attention to antitrust issues has changed markedly as a result of its experience in the litigation.

Keywords: Microsoft; network effects; path dependence; operating systems; litigation; European Commission; Windows; global antitrust enforcement

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Subjects: Company and Commercial Law

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