Is Microsoft actually a monopoly? No, they are not. They don’t force you to buy
their products, they are not the only company out there, and even though they are the
most used, people do have many other choices.
Who makes you buy a product? No company makes you buy their products. If any
company made you buy a product of theirs it would be bad business, and no one would
buy from them. Nobody is holding a gun to your head saying ,“ Buy my product or I will
blow your head off.” If anyone did do that they would be put in jail. If you buy from
another company, your computer will not explode; in fact the only company that does
make you buy their products is Compaq, and even then the computer wont explode it just
will not work. A lot of people think that they have to upgrade to a different product or
their computer will not work. That is misleading. If an upgrade is mandatory it will be
free. Any upgrade you have to buy is just a preference that is not needed. There are many
other companies that do force people to buy their products.
Other companies that do force you to buy their products aren’t widely used in a
home situation. The reason they aren’t used at home very much is because nobody likes to
be pressured into something. Many companies make products that are compatible with
Microsoft or another company’s products. The reason people don’t think there are any
other companies is because they hear about a product and are too lazy to look for an
alternative. Microsoft does want to make a lot of money for themselves. Who doesn’t?
Windows is very easy to learn.
Operating systems used to be very hard to learn. When Microsoft came out with
the Windows operating system it was very easy to use. The reason I am pointing this out
is because people don’t want to make their lives harder than it needs to be. Microsoft
makes the easiest operating system to use on a PC, and that is what makes it popular. It is
not because they buy out other companies or because they make you use their products.
Microsoft is not a monopoly; the problem is that most people are just too lazy to look for
another company. If people actually tried to find other products it wouldn’t take them
very long at all.
So, anyone who claims Microsoft is a monopoly needs to take a look at the facts.
If everyone looked at the facts with knowledge about their products, they would see that
they are free to choose. Having people that have little or no knowledge about computers
and computer products, besides turning them on or installing something, is like putting a
child the age of five on a jury. It’s not fair to Microsoft especially, but it is also unfair to
the people because if you hurt the company, it hurts the customers.
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