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Economic Aspects of the Microsoft Case: Networks, Interoperability and Competition

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  • Maria J. Gil-Moltó

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In this paper, we discuss the main economic aspects of the European Microsoft case; in particular, Microsoft’s refusal to supply the necessary information to make the competitors’ work group server systems interoperable with Windows Operating System. The case can be seen as an example of competition between networks. We review the relevant economics literature with the objective of understanding the motivations behind Microsoft’s strategies.

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  • Maria J. Gil-Moltó, 2008. "Economic Aspects of the Microsoft Case: Networks, Interoperability and Competition," Discussion Papers in Economics 08/39, Department of Economics, University of Leicester.
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    Keywords

    Networks; Complementarities; Foreclosure; Interoperability; Antitrust;

    JEL classification:

    • L4 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance

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