Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Antitrust

In Analysis by Michael Rae

United States v. Microsoft Corp., 253 F.3d 34 (D.C. Cir. 2001) was the first major antitrust case of the digital age. At its conclusion, Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson declared that Microsoft had violated the Sherman Act by monopolizing the U.S. market for “Intel-compatible” computer operating systems (see, e.g., here).
One of the key allegations against Microsoft was that it had restrained trade in web-browsing software by bundling Internet Explorer (IE) with its Windows 95 operating software, the first truly successful version of its PC operating system. IE had pride of place on desktop screens, and, horror of horrors, included in Windows software at no

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