Microsoft's birth took place during the rise of the computer industry. This should and seemingly does have an impact on the structure and goals of the company.
"Since its inception in 1975, Microsoft's mission has been to create software for the personal computer that empowers and enriches people in the workplace, at school and at home. Microsoft's early vision of a computer on every desk and in every home is coupled today with a strong commitment to Internet-related technologies that expand the power and reach of the PC and its users." -Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft created an idea called the "digital nervous system" that depicts the visions of the company and begins to work with the original utopian ideas of the Internet. The "digital nervous system" is a name for using technology to enhance efficiencies in government operations, education, businesses, and individual lives. Microsoft's other vision is a web lifestyle. This is technology that allows easy access to information to allow better informed decisions. Microsoft is currently a strong force in the software division of the computer industry and is hoping to become part of the media business segment of the computer industry in the future.Back
Building the Bridge Between Have and Have-Nots
Chairman of Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates, is looking to build a bridge. This bridge will cover the gap that exists between "have" and "have-nots" that arose during the boom of the Internet. Microsoft's attention has been directed toward countries not yet involved in the computer industry explosion. Such places striving for the "Digital Nervous System" and "Web Lifestyle" are Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines. Microsoft has helped these nations plan their futures in the industry by developing blueprints of projected goals. Australia is working towards this digital nervous system. One stride already being integrated in the state of Victoria is a system called the maxi system. This allows greater efficiency and interaction between the government and citizens. Malaysia is working towards a 2020 plan to be fully "developed" in computer technology standards and to improve medicine through the use of PC's. Singapore is currently a leader in the "digital nervous system" and the Philippines is striving to become the knowledge center of Asia through their National Information Technology Plan. These are goals set by these nations to improve their developing systems and behind them is one of the largest companies in the computer industry, Microsoft.
Other areas of interest for Gates and Microsoft are right here in the United States. The corporation's vision of having a computer on every desk is a prime example of bridging together the gap that exists between have and have-nots. Microsoft identifies disabled individuals as a group that is not having their needs met. This is why Microsoft invests time and money into creating software that will better meet the needs of those with disabilities. Microsoft is a proud donator of scholarships to college students in need of financial aid and also provides training for those interested in keeping up with the computer industry. Bill Gates has donated over $500 million to charities and continues to draw support for children and their education. Microsoft has software available for fifty countries and for most types of computers including Apple and Intel-based systems.Back
Competition = No Monopoly!!
The goals of our country's antitrust laws are to promote competition, thereby preventing monopolies. Therefore, it can be clearly proven that Microsoft is in fact not a monopoly if competition with other companies can be shown. There are over 44,000 separate companies making computer software. Microsoft may lead the information technology industry, however, they only account for less than 1% of the industry revenues (Microsoft Corporation). This small share reflects the breadth of competition. More convincingly, many companies compete with Microsoft in the computer industry; some of which have higher revenues than Microsoft($11 billion), including IBM($75 billion), Hitachi($69 billion), and Hewlett Packard($38 billion). What has Microsoft done wrong? Is it the fact that they openly licensed Windows to personal computer manufacturers so that consumers can share information, or is it that Microsoft works to benefit "the industry and customers by providing an open, state-of-the-art and constantly evolving computer architecture that promotes innovation and competition"(Microsoft Corporation)? Many myths have been raised concerning Microsoft that are not entirely true. This happens in all aspects of life and unfortunately sometimes can't be controlled. One site on the world wide web tries to point out these fallacies and correct them.Back
Windows Operating System Trial
One issue needing defense concerns Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) browser that is free with Windows 95. This piece of software is integrated into the Windows software and therefore is not in violation of the 1995 Consent Decree. This decree clearly states that Microsoft can not require manufacturers to license software in addition to Windows but are permitted to develop integrated software products. Accusations have been made that IE works without Windows and therefore is a violation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) ruling. Microsoft asserts that it does not work on its own and removal will break the operating system. CNN closely follows the hearings. Microsoft contends that they are in full compliance with the decree.