As Trevino and Nelson pointed out, it is necessary for companies in industries to join together voluntarily to support and promote ethical behaviors. Although Microsoft had won the lawsuit related to the copy case, we may still find out the copy reality of Microsoft.
Much of the litigation happened before I was old enough to even care about the news or what a computer company was doing. And to protect the absolute superiority in the market, Microsoft has conducted a series of unethical practices.
It was relative fair and reasonable. Does that mean the mountain climber is a villain; stepping on poor, defenseless rocks. The first evidence of such practice of Microsoft was its refusal to share the codes of Windows 95 operating system with its competitor Netscape, which resulted in this company faced with the dilemma to develop their browser for Windows And at the same time, Microsoft made full use of its position in the monopoly market to attack its competitors such as Netscape via bundling package and secret contract tricks.
From the s, Microsoft has faced big challenges from many rivals, two of which even aroused the great attention of Bill Gates. A mountain cannot be climbed without stepping on the rocks that form it. All of these practices were anti-competition, which put Microsoft to the court.
And the other factor resulting in the monopoly of Microsoft is this character in economic rules of operating system market. For instance, Microsoft made full use of its discursive power and dominant position in the operating system market to limit the free inflow and outflow of marketing resources.
During all of the investigations Microsoft is not very willing to provide information. Because both the SO and the Applications were developed by the same company, Microsoft application programmers had access to Object Linking and Embedding OLE codes earlier than third party developers.
While the successful performance and dominant position of Microsoft in the computer software market even lead to this company to monopolize the discursive power and even the future of other small companies in the computer software market. For employees, its employer was faced with lawsuit so many times and was fined or a large sum of money, which not only made their working environment lack of safety and secure but also decreased their profit gaining.
But if you ask the rocks… It would not be difficult to find several of them who claim to have been injured in the process; if rocks could talk.
Such kind of activities was treated as unethical by Carroll The field of computer software development is highly competitive and constantly evolving. Generally speaking, these strategies mentioned above contributed to the monopoly of Microsoft in the market may be attributed to the economic rule characteristic of the operating system market.
Just as Moschella pointed out in the market which has high requirements on technology such as the operating systems market, whenever a new and advanced technology has been introduced into the market or begins to enjoy a dynamic growth trend, the first players of this technology often benefits a lot than others because the first players may obtain the experience, capital to invest and human resource prior.
And based on the information from the case, we can find out that many business practices made by Microsoft as the monopolist in operating system market may be seemed to violate this kind of justice for capitalist which imbalance the benefits and burden among the participants in this market.
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The simultaneous development of SO software and Application software poised Microsoft for market domination - Microsoft Manages Legal and Ethical Issues introduction. Because both the SO and the Applications were developed by the same company, Microsoft application programmers had access to Object Linking and Embedding.
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