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Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, So Don't Do It
Article Source: AEI-Brookings Joint Center Policy Matters 00-05; A revised version appeared in the Los Angeles Times on April 30, 2000
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This paper looks at the proposal to break Microsoft into two companies.
Consumers benefit from having a standard product, and breaking up the company that makes it can hurt consumers.
- The Department of Justice has proposed breaking Microsoft into two separate companies.
- Breaking up a company that makes cheese or cigarettes is one thing, but breaking up a company that makes key software used by millions of people is very risky.
- The standardization of the Windows operating system makes life much easier for consumers and software makers, and breaking up Microsoft endangers these benefits.