The Anti trust

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It is my intent to assess the Anti-Trust lawsuit brought against Bill Gates and Microsoft. . Essentially, Bill Gates' position is that the government has no case against him, and he assumes a correct moral and legal posture. A key concern for government lawyers is Microsoft's ability to "bundle" additional functions into the Windows start-up menu, such as the "Internet Explorer" browser that gives users direct access to the World Wide Web. A few consumers pause even to consider the alternative Navigator" developed by Netscape. In a video taped message distributed by Microsoft, Mr. Gates said he was "very disappointed" by the collapse of the Peace Talks. He stated that "Microsoft is innocent of any of these charges and we're certainly going to defend ourselves vigorously." Bill Gates is the world's richest man, and is currently under siege by the U.S. government on the grounds of a breech of anti-trust laws.

In point of fact, charges have been laid against him consistently, while Microsoft and government lawyers attempted to solve the problem. The many attempts at this have failed and lawsuits have been filed by the U.S. Justice Department. One of the key problems associated with this argument has to do with selling off of stocks within the U.S. high-tech sector. Mr. Gates appeared determined to follow through with his Window's 98 as he had previously planned. In a nutshell, the government believes that Gates is abusing his dominant position in the market to hold back the consumers' choice, and extend its power over its competitors.

Bill Gates fear is clear. Microsoft Corp. could lose its dominant position in the industry... that is if the U.S. Department of Justice wins in its anti-trust suit. Gates stated, "The computer industry is littered with examples of companies that enjoyed a great deal...