From MSWord to MSWorld:
How Microsoft is Building a Global Monopoly

A NetAction White Paper

Nathan Newman
Project Director, NetAction

Table of Contents

Introduction: Where Do You Want To Go Today? Microsoft Has Other Plans

Why Microsoft Dominates: The Economics of Networks

The Core: Leveraging the Operating System for Desktop Dominance

Moving On Up: From the Desktop to Control of Corporate Computing

Microsoft Bids For The Internet

From Software to Hard Cash: Controlling Financial Transactions on the Internet

Taking On Internet Commerce Across Industries: Travel, Cars, Real Estate and Local Information

Content and Media Dominance

Controlling Access to the Home: Web TV, Cable and Satellites in the Sky

Conclusion and Recommendations


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About the author: Nathan Newman has been writing for years on the economics of computer and Internet technology. His writing on Internet commerce has appeared in MIT's Technology Review and State Tax Notes, and his research reports have been covered in Reuters and a range of other news sources. He has been a featured speaker at the Association of Bay Area Governments and the annual conference of the California State Association of Counties and has been interviewed on C-SPAN and The Web. As co-director of UC-Berkeley's Center for Community Economic Research from 1991-1996, he helped pioneer use of the Internet in support of education and outreach, receiving notice for his work in the New York Times, Business Week, the Washington Post, CNN, USA Today, the Nation and C-SPAN. He is also an editor and columnist for E-NODE, an electronic newsletter on the social and economic implications of the Internet, and is finishing doctoral work at UC-Berkeley where his research has focused on the emerging role of information technology in shaping the economic geography of regions.

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