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Case
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Reference no. 9-703-517
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: 2003
Length: 9 pages
Data source: Published sources

Abstract

Recounts the history of the evolution of browser market shares from 1994 forward. Netscape''s Navigator establishes a huge early lead, but is then displaced by an equally dominant offering from Microsoft. Highlights the role of Microsoft''s dominance in desktop operating systems and Microsoft''s bundling of the browser with the operating system.; Supplements a fairly analytical exercise on bundling that was taught in a game theory course. Emphasizes the role of bundling in Internet Explorer''s ascendancy. However, it makes no explicit reference to that exercise or discussion, making it suitable for general use. Supports a discussion of how Navigator became so dominant in addition to a discussion of bundling. A brief summary of Microsoft''s legal entanglements also stimulates a discussion of antitrust considerations.

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Abstract

Recounts the history of the evolution of browser market shares from 1994 forward. Netscape''s Navigator establishes a huge early lead, but is then displaced by an equally dominant offering from Microsoft. Highlights the role of Microsoft''s dominance in desktop operating systems and Microsoft''s bundling of the browser with the operating system.; Supplements a fairly analytical exercise on bundling that was taught in a game theory course. Emphasizes the role of bundling in Internet Explorer''s ascendancy. However, it makes no explicit reference to that exercise or discussion, making it suitable for general use. Supports a discussion of how Navigator became so dominant in addition to a discussion of bundling. A brief summary of Microsoft''s legal entanglements also stimulates a discussion of antitrust considerations.

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