Breaking Windows: Estimating Some Costs of Breaking Up Microsoft Windows

20 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2000

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Stan J. Liebowitz

University of Texas at Dallas - School of Management - Department of Finance & Managerial Economics

Date Written: April 30, 1999

Abstract

Warning: This is not an academic paper, but a relatively short applied advocacy article for non economists. Because of the high level of interest in the topic, I thought it might be worthwhile to make it available on the Social Science Research Network Library.

This article attempts to roughly estimate one of the costs of breaking Microsoft Windows operating system into three components. It is found that developers are likely to incur extra costs of $30 billion over 3 years.

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JEL Classification: L4, L5, K21, O3

Suggested Citation

Liebowitz, Stan J., Breaking Windows: Estimating Some Costs of Breaking Up Microsoft Windows (April 30, 1999). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=214312 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.214312

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