The Dubious Search for 'Integration' in the Microsoft Trial
Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 31, p. 1251, 1999
24 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2009
Date Written: June 3, 2009
This article was published in 1999 while the Microsoft trial was still in progress. It examines the opposing positions of the parties on the legality, under Section 2 of the Sherman Act, of Microsoft's integration of its Internet Explorer web browser with its Windows operating system. For the government, the purported integration (or at least the prevention of dis-integration) had no technical justification and was merely exclusionary; for Microsoft, integration created a new, single, and better product. After scrutinizing the evidence in support of these positions, we argue that the issue of whether the browser was properly integrated with Windows under a judicially formulated standard has little relevance to the proper concerns of antitrust policy. For our later analysis of the issue of integration, see William H. Page & John E. Lopatka, The Microsoft Case: Antitrust, High Technology, and Consumer Welfare (Univ. of Chicago Press 2007).
Keywords: antitrust, monopolization, integration, Microsoft
JEL Classification: K21, K41, L12, L41, O31
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