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Externalities of the Microsoft^Rs Network Goods


  • João Leitão

    (Universidade da Beira Interior)

  • Carlos Osório

    (Universidade da Beira Interior)


This paper aims to make a public statement about the strategy implemented by Microsoft in order to reinforce its market power across the networked users of Windows Operative System, and Xbox Games Console. It is presented an economic view that supports the anticipating (not predatory) position assumed by Microsoft against its direct competitors.

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  • João Leitão & Carlos Osório, 2002. "Externalities of the Microsoft^Rs Network Goods," Industrial Organization 0207006, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:0207006
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    Externalities; Microsoft; Software Industry; Regulation Policies.;

    JEL classification:

    • D42 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Monopoly
    • D62 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Externalities
    • L12 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Monopoly; Monopolization Strategies
    • L15 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Information and Product Quality
    • L42 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - Vertical Restraints; Resale Price Maintenance; Quantity Discounts

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