The Microsoft Litigation
In July 1994, the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit under
Section 2 of the Sherman Act against Microsoft, the world’s
largest supplier of software for personal computers.
The government charged that Microsoft was unlawfully
maintaining a monopoly in the market for personal
computer operating systems.
The suit alleged that Microsoft had engaged in
anticompetitive marketing practices directed at computer
manufacturers designed to perpetuate the monopoly status
of the Windows operating system.
The case was settled when Microsoft consented to the entry
of a final judgment that prohibited the company from
continuing the challenged practices.
The judgment also forbade Microsoft from engaging in
“other conduct that could have similar anticompetitive