SINCE THE 1990S, Microsoft (MS) has been targeted for investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the European Commission, the Japanese government, and several software trade associations. Microsoft has also been sued by individuals, other companies, and a number of states. There are two schools of thought on Microsoft's legal problems. One school argues that the government and MS competitors are out to get Bill Gates and his company because Microsoft has been so successful. The other school of thought insists that Gates and Microsoft have consistently engaged in cutthroat competition designed to shut out all competition through any means available.

Specifically, Microsoft has been charged with violating the Sherman Antitrust Act by forcing computer vendors and manufacturers to load new computers with Microsoft Windows ...

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