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

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

William H. Page and John E. Lopatka

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226644639

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

In 1998, the United States Department of Justice and state antitrust agencies charged that Microsoft was monopolizing the market for personal computer operating systems. More than ten years later, the case is still the defining antitrust litigation of our era. This book contributes to the debate over the future of antitrust policy by examining the implications of the litigation from the perspective of consumer welfare. The authors trace the development of the case from its conceptual origins through the trial and the key decisions on both liability and remedies. They argue that, at critical points, the legal system failed consumers by overrating government's ability to influence outcomes in a dynamic market.