Do you think Microsoft was a “natural monopoly”

“Several years ago there were a few lawsuits contending that Microsoft was exercising illegal monopoly power when it required computer manufacturers who installed Windows to include Internet Explorer. Microsoft maintained that it was a “natural monopoly,” (see part 10.1 of the digital text; sometimes defined as an industry with such large economies of scale that a single firm producing the good is most efficient), and because of this it was operating in a manner that was best for society (most efficient).

  1. Do you think Microsoft was a “natural monopoly” at the time?
  2. Do you accept their argument?  Why or why not?
  3. Can you name any “natural monopolies?”
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