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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Economic Aspects of the Microsoft Case: Networks, Interoperability and Competition

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Mjgm1 Maria J. Gil-Moltó of University of Leicester Department of Economics discusses Economic Aspects of the Microsoft Case: Networks, Interoperability and Competition.

ABSTRACT: In this paper, we discuss the main economic aspects of the European Microsoft case; in particular, Microsoft’s refusal to supply the necessary information to make the competitors’ work group server systems interoperable with Windows Operating System. The case can be seen as an example of competition between networks. We review the relevant economics literature with the objective of understanding the motivations behind Microsoft’s strategies.

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Nice paper. The introductory bits promised more material in section 7 than I found there.

Also, factual error. Microsoft began to comply with the European (and the US) orders to disclose interoperability information much earlier than 2008. The announcement in 2008 was about additional information that was identified as having become important since, and with better ways of documentation. Many commentators had conflated that last with their notion that Microsoft had been holding back material when, instead, there was a more complex progression of evolving material for its successful use by third parties, some of whom were not as expert in the art as they should have been.

I have an account of the progression, using entirely-public sources, here:
http://orcmid.com/blog/2008/06/interoperability-by-regulation-glass.asp

Posted by: orcmid | Dec 4, 2008 11:03:45 AM

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