A Fool's Paradise: The Windows World after a Forced Breakup of Microsoft

28 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2000

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Stan J. Liebowitz

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

Date Written: February 25, 2000

Abstract

This is a followup paper to an earlier paper of mine estimating the costs to developers of a Microsoft breakup. It responds to papers by Levinson, Romaine, and Salop (lrs.pdf) and Lenard (lenard.doc). Among other things, this paper examines the changes in the windows operating system and explains why, if broken into three competing versions, they must lose complete compatibility, imposing additional costs on developers. It also explains why these extra development costs are deadweight losses.

Other papers related to the Microsoft Case:

"Creating Competition in the Market for Operating Systems: A Structural Remedy for Microsoft" by Thomas M. Lenard.

"The Flawed Fragmentation Critique of Structural Remedies in the Microsoft Case" by Robert J. Levinson, R. Craig Romaine, and Steven C. Salop.

"Breaking Windows: Estimating Some Costs of Breaking up Microsoft Windows" by Stan J. Liebowitz.

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JEL Classification: L4, L5, K21, O3

Suggested Citation

Liebowitz, Stan J., A Fool's Paradise: The Windows World after a Forced Breakup of Microsoft (February 25, 2000). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=218178 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.218178

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