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Microsoft have moved into many different area of computing, such as operating systems, application software, web-based software, search engine and more, so in this way it has been accused of monopolistic procedures. Do you agree with this accuse statement? Why or why not? Justify your answer with solid reasons

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Your whole point is based upon anti-Microsoft favoritism and most the things in your comment are not correct.
For example, when it comes to techniques and innovations, Apple never made any huge invention in technology and IT. Most of these things are done by Linux and Microsoft. Many people also believe that Apple invented the first UI and Mouse which is also wrong. Mouse was made by Douglas Engelbart and first user friendly OS was made by Xerox, which later joined Apple and now called Mac which is mostly used in US only.

These days, Apple's iphone market is around 28% to 30% where 50% market is covered by Android. Microsoft did started windows mobiles before iphones but discontinued them in 2008, then introduced windows phone 7 which never found good hardware till Nokia joined Microsoft and now Nokia windows phones are gaining market and developers rapidly.

When it comes to tablets, Microsoft again have lead here. First windows xp tablet was released in 2002 which never found user interaction as windows xp was never made for touch. In 2007, HP and Dell released windows 7 based tablets and they also didn't had much sales as users preferred a cheaper higher spec laptop over it.
Now windows 8 is touch+desktop friendly and is expected to super pass ipad and android tablet sales.
When you compare both, iPads and Windows 8 tablets, here also Windows leads with every spec. You can not run any .exe or mac desktop app on an ipad but with Microsoft surface pro and other windows tablets, you have your full corei3, corei5 desktop computer power in your hand and you can do anything u do on desktop including running heaving programs like Adobe photoshop with no speed issue, it other words, its laptop+tablet.

When talking about monopoly, u basically can't have any business without monopoly or others will defeat you.

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microsoft purchase of skype can be termed as killin of competition against msn, bing is microsoft's search engine to compete against google and yahoo. microsoft partnership with nokia, is to compete agains apple and google's android, microsoft surface tablet released will compete agains ipad but that is far more ahead, xbox gaming consoles compete agains sony's playstation, so one way or another its monopoly to be a dominant market leader or be forefront supplier of latest techs in all the possible fields

Mac OS and Windows are both well-known operating systems, but are very different in the way they look and the way they operate.

 

Customizability & Hardware

Windows computers are preferred by many because of how easy they can be to customize. Because of the way their hardware is designed, users can replace graphics cards, RAM chips, CD drives, motherboards and other internal hardware at their discretion. Most Mac models, on the other hand, are difficult to upgrade apart from RAM and a few other basic components. Most changes require a visit to an Apple store.

 

Operating System Design

The Windows system is designed with its main-menu "Start" button (or Windows orb in Windows Vista and 7) in the lower left-hand corner of the screen, though this can be altered by users. This is from where the programs list and many folders and settings can be accessed, which makes use of Windows Explorer, its file browsing system. Macs utilize the Finder, which is much like Windows Explorer, except that this is the basis for almost all the files on its system. Instead of an "All Programs" list or "My Documents" folder, its applications and documents folders are placed in a sidebar to the left. Apart from this, the way folders and files are accessed are similar between both systems.

 

Price

Windows computers are constructed from a number of parts from various manufacturers, which makes the end price rather inexpensive. Mac computers are less customizable and have greater hardware restrictions, so the price for a Mac is more than many Windows computers. Windows computers can be customized down to very finite details, while Macs are "built" by choosing a base model, then selecting a few upgrades in various categories.

 

Software Availability

Between the two operating systems, Windows is much more widely used, so more software is available for Windows than for Mac. This is the reason that many gamers choose Windows, because many titles aren't available for Mac if the game developers don't choose to make a separate version. However, there are many programs and utilities designed exclusively for the Mac operating system. Mac users can also install Windows on their Mac and dual-boot between both systems, while installing Mac on a Windows machine is not supported by either Apple or Microsoft.

 

The Best System

The definition of the "best" operating system comes down to individual users and what they look for in each operating system. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses and appeal to different groups of users, but that does not necessarily make one better than the other.

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Not agree, its called single sided thinking approach

Not agree, its called single sided thinking approach

i do agree with this point that Microsoft is monopolist. It is transparent clear that Microsoft has taken every step that would prove it being the monopolist. 
According to the definition of monopolist, it tells that to be monopolist is to have complete possession of something. 
Microsoft isn't avoiding any step to get Monopolist.
Apple being the biggest produces in techniques and inventing new items for the market . Microsoft is on way near to it. To compete Apple and prove to be Monopolist , it has partnership with Nokia . Apple holds 25% of pc shards while Microsoft holds 30% pc shares. It did tremendous job with windows 8 desktop OS but that is totally reckless and of no importance against an Ipad. To compete an Ipad , Microsoft will launch Microsoft surface tablet to win over it. 
Google and Yahoo are the most used search engines worldly known and famous. To compete with them, Microsoft launched Bing search engine.

Just take idea and make your words strong....!:)

Semantic web has been significant and enthusiastic effort over the last few years to explore and develop the technology, such as shared vocabularies and ideas. Tim Berners Lee’s vision into a reality. There is no longer way requiring going a web site with the help of semantic web. Semantic web has been startling progress in the last few years in UK research groups amongst the leaders.
Some of the larger IT companies are hanging back, waiting to spot the opportunity and waiting for the research community to settle on standards. Thus the main impact is coming from communities. It is an opportunity the world talk with each other. One good deal of RDF data giving semantic .Details already on the Web Globally it is use more easily. There is a distinct overhead to using the Semantic Web in terms of establishing shared vocabularies and ontology, and in providing the appropriate annotations to resources which make them visible to the Semantic Web. It is accessible to all who are connecting to internet. Otherwise, the Semantic Web is requiring particular effort and expertise. It is expensive and requires a domain on web Semantic web provide automation .when little data to share. I think future belong to due to world wide concernment.

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Apple is the world leader in terms of innovations and techniques, its far more bigger company than microsoft now,, apply holds about 50 percent of worlds mobile market share and about 25 percent of pc shares, microsoft holds about 30 percents of pc shares which included windows OS only, Microsoft did very well recently with windows8 mobiles and desktop OS, their tablet surface is also not bad, but its far behind Ipad, if u wanna blame market monopoly you can blame google for it, cause its restricting people to use its and only its technology, most of its techonology is related to each other, like search engines which always hows you the results of google affilitated or its sponsors sites first

 

 

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microsoft purchase of skype can be termed as killin of competition against msn, bing is microsoft's search engine to compete against google and yahoo. microsoft partnership with nokia, is to compete agains apple and google's android, microsoft surface tablet released will compete agains ipad but that is far more ahead, xbox gaming consoles compete agains sony's playstation, so one way or another its monopoly to be a dominant market leader or be forefront supplier of latest techs in all the possible fields

 

 

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Mac OS and Windows are both well-known operating systems, but are very different in the way they look and the way they operate.

 

Customizability & Hardware

Windows computers are preferred by many because of how easy they can be to customize. Because of the way their hardware is designed, users can replace graphics cards, RAM chips, CD drives, motherboards and other internal hardware at their discretion. Most Mac models, on the other hand, are difficult to upgrade apart from RAM and a few other basic components. Most changes require a visit to an Apple store.

 

Operating System Design

The Windows system is designed with its main-menu "Start" button (or Windows orb in Windows Vista and 7) in the lower left-hand corner of the screen, though this can be altered by users. This is from where the programs list and many folders and settings can be accessed, which makes use of Windows Explorer, its file browsing system. Macs utilize the Finder, which is much like Windows Explorer, except that this is the basis for almost all the files on its system. Instead of an "All Programs" list or "My Documents" folder, its applications and documents folders are placed in a sidebar to the left. Apart from this, the way folders and files are accessed are similar between both systems.

 

Price

Windows computers are constructed from a number of parts from various manufacturers, which makes the end price rather inexpensive. Mac computers are less customizable and have greater hardware restrictions, so the price for a Mac is more than many Windows computers. Windows computers can be customized down to very finite details, while Macs are "built" by choosing a base model, then selecting a few upgrades in various categories.

 

Software Availability

Between the two operating systems, Windows is much more widely used, so more software is available for Windows than for Mac. This is the reason that many gamers choose Windows, because many titles aren't available for Mac if the game developers don't choose to make a separate version. However, there are many programs and utilities designed exclusively for the Mac operating system. Mac users can also install Windows on their Mac and dual-boot between both systems, while installing Mac on a Windows machine is not supported by either Apple or Microsoft.

 

The Best System

The definition of the "best" operating system comes down to individual users and what they look for in each operating system. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses and appeal to different groups of users, but that does not necessarily make one better than the other.

 

 

 

 

 

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In the field of computer windows is still ruling and has a monoply

 

Windows has no doubt increased his market potential over the few years and still it unbeatable to compete its market.

If we look at the history of Microsoft Windows it has gradually enchaned its products with the passage of time

From Dos Based intreface to Gui based interface its remarkable

Windows 95,98,2000,xp vista ,  windows 7 and latest feature is windows 8.

Which works smothly for both touch and mouse keyboard its more user friendly . Microsoft also launched Windows RT which runs on same Tablets and PC,s

Windows RT is designed for sleek devices and long battery life and exculsive runs apps from the windows Store

 

Rest of features are it  is econimcal more user frinedly  and provide the solution all aspect

Wethear it is concered with data base, graphics, Internet net . it is comptiable. 

So by reviewing the brief product of windows we came to know that still it has the monoply in market.

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There is no monopoly in the Microsoft all these software we all are used are there hard work so Microsoft get success because there is easy access to everyone either home based or multinational companies. i.e. IBM, apple or laptop software all are very costly we cannot purchase its original Operating system so all those people whose cannot purchase the original software of Apple or Linux etc. they are easily connected by the Microsoft friendly graphics.

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Microsoft Windows dominates the operating system market with 95% of the world’s computers running Windows. Linux and Mac operating systems account for just about the remaining 5%.

Cost: for example - although Linux is free to download the associated support costs mean that the total cost of ownership is high. Windows has the necessary tools and infrastructure to monitor, maintain, support, update, patch and protect the operating system as part of the cost. Productivity: Windows and Windows Server 2008 have features that enhance connectivity and productivity. Compliance: adhering to one standard is easier and tools such as BitLoader can encrypt data stored on the hard drive and removable media. Software: due to the dominance of Windows as a development platform means there is a huge choice of compatible software whereas Linux or Mac software is limited.

 

Is Microsoft a monopoly? If so, why does it matter?

The news has been filled with reports that Microsoft is a "monopoly." What is the legal definition of a monopoly? I also read reports that suggest Microsoft has been played an important role in our current record-setting economic expansion. Even if Microsoft is a monopoly, what is wrong with that?

Why do we need Govt? One of the most important answers to that question is that we need government to compensate for "market failures."

The United States economy is based on the presumption of a free market. This means that individuals and groups are free to do the work they choose to do, provide goods and services of their choosing and to spend money on the things they want. The government, for the most part, does not limit the range of goods and services available or set the prices that are charged for them. The amount of money an individual or business can charge for a product is set by the supply and level of demand for that product. Popular products that are scarce will have higher prices than unpopular and readily available products.

For the most part, the market produces economic outcomes that are efficient and fair. However, there are some instances in which the market fails. Economists generally include on the list of market failures monopolies, the under-provision of public goods, externalities, incomplete markets, information shortages and high unemployment and inflation rates.

When the market functions properly, competing individuals or businesses provide the same (or similar) goods and services to consumers. Because consumers have a choice, providers will lower their prices to win consumer dollars. The interplay of competition to supply a good or service and consumer demand for it will set a fair and efficient price in a free market. However, when there is no competition (and only one individual or business provides a good or service) the market cannot set an efficient price. In such instances, a monopoly is said to exist.




A monopolist is definitely the only seller of a product, and a firm with a dominant position in an identified market may be a monopolist. However, contrary to claims by the Justice Department’s lawyers and software market critics, a dominant producer—or even a single seller—is not necessarily a monopolist.
A monopolist is a firm that can, to a significant degree, exploit its market position by restricting output and raising price to generate profits in excess of those expected in a competitive market environment. Although Microsoft surely has some market power, as do many other firms in the computer industry, its market pricing and product development strategies do not square with those of a monopolist. Far from restricting output, Microsoft has expanded it. Rather than hiking the price of the Windows operating system, the firm has lowered its price and enhanced its power and usefulness. Microsoft proposes to increase long-run profits by adding value to Windows by integrating its Web browser into the operating system. If the firm is not adding value to its products, a number of other computer firms are in a position to erode its market share. As we have shown, claims that Microsoft can control the software market because of that market’s alleged special attributes—network externalities, path dependency, and essential facilities—have not been carefully considered. Such claims are weak because the underlying arguments have serious flaws.
Microsoft’s critics come far closer to the mark when they complain that Microsoft has been “brutally competitive” than when they claim Microsoft is a “monopoly.” From our perspective, it appears that once again the Justice Department is using the antitrust laws to thwart competition by a highly successful American firm. To protect unsuccessful competitors, it is squelching competition.


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