Breaking Windows: Estimating Some Costs of Breaking Up Microsoft Windows
20 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2000
Date Written: April 30, 1999
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
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