Microsoft Corp. and LinkedIn recently announced that Microsoft will soon acquire LinkedIn in a transaction valued at $26.2 billion – click here for the company’s announcement.
Microsoft has an entrenched, enduring monopoly in both personal computer operating systems and office software. LinkedIn is the largest business-oriented social network. Are there antitrust issues with the combination? Likely not.
The EU Competition Commission concluded that Microsoft failed to comply with its 2009 agreement to offer browser choices to 15 million Windows customers so rather the customers were stuck with Internet Explorer.
I ran across information today that Microsoft is coming out with a new operating system this fall: Windows 8. 8? What goes into that branding decision? I’m intrigued by the fact that Microsoft and Apple are again heading in opposite directions. Apple eschewed the moniker “iPad 3″ for its latest generation of the iPad, opting instead for “The new iPad,” or just iPad.
Kinbook, LLC, an online social networking company, recently sued Microsoft for unfair competition and reverse trademark infringement in United States District Court. (Kinbook, LLC v. Microsoft Corp.,2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8570.) Kinbook created a Facebook application called “Kinbox,” which allows Facebook users to create private sub-social networks for sharing of information within a subset of their list of Facebook friends.