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peterTheGreat
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iamanatheistandthisiswhy
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Is Microsoft like Walmart

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/20/2014 Category: Economics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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peterTheGreat

Pro

Microsoft has grown to be a monopoly for a long time and it is starting to get pedestrian, pretty much like Walmart, except for is is not cheap.
iamanatheistandthisiswhy

Con

I accept this debate.

I am sure it will be easy to show that Microsoft is not a monopoly. Additionally, I do not believe Walmart is a monopoly. However, that is not the debate argument.

Thanks to my opponent for an interesting debate topic.

Best of luck and now back to you.
Debate Round No. 1
peterTheGreat

Pro

In many ways it is, it is the dominant OS on PC's at at work place. It is more bug ridden than the alternatives but still has the largest market share at a higher price. What do you call that?

It is lacking creativity and sees whatever makes money out there and try to copy it, without much success. It goes for Bing, MP3 players, Windows Phone, and many others.

You don't shop at Microsoft for fun, but for work and other mundane tasks, like people go to Walmart to pick up what they need in everyday life.
iamanatheistandthisiswhy

Con

Thanks to my opponent.

My opponent has stated that Microsoft is the dominant OS in the work place. He has also said that it bug ridden and has the biggest share at high price. However, this debate is about whether Microsoft is a monopoly, not about its security or the fact that it can be buggy. Simply put, Microsoft is not a monopoly as there are multiple other options available.

A monopoly means that their is no other alternative. Monopoly: exclusive control of a commodity or service in a particular market, or a control that makes possible the manipulation of prices.(1)

The fact is the problem does not lie with Microsoft the problem lies with the end user. There are multiple user friendly OS that are completely free that are available i.e. Ubuntu, Fedora and multiple others.(2,3,4) These OS also include free user friendly open source software like Libre and Open Office.

This means there is no way that Microsoft has a monopoly, as there are other options and these options are also free meaning Microsoft cannot manipulate the price.

I hand the debate back to my opponent.


(1) http://dictionary.reference.com...
(2) http://www.ubuntu.com...
(3) https://fedoraproject.org...
(4) http://www.tecmint.com...
(5) http://www.libreoffice.org...
Debate Round No. 2
peterTheGreat

Pro

peterTheGreat forfeited this round.
iamanatheistandthisiswhy

Con

My opponent forfeited the last round. As such my rebuttals stand.

Enjoy voting.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by LunaLoutre 2 years ago
LunaLoutre
At least some one in this world also thinks microsoft is not god.
Posted by YellowPandaBear 2 years ago
YellowPandaBear
It is neither since it has competitors which, in addition to its outdated business practices, are causing it to lose business slowly but surely as is demonstrated by the fact that in 2012 it lost money for the first time and that compared to its heyday, its business has been faltering.
Posted by Duncan 2 years ago
Duncan
Microsoft isn't a monopoly. It's an oligopoly.
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Vote Placed by baus 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: The resolution is that: 'Is Microsoft like Walmart', yet Pro then argues that the 'like' pertains to a monopoly, so I think it's fair to assume that as the resolution, due to the vague nature of the title. For Microsoft to have a Monopoly, it has to own virtually 100% of the market share. While I'm not convinced that OS's like Fedora (lol) make-up even a noticeable share to the market, compared to Microsoft, I think Ubuntu is popular enough to register. Whilst Microsoft may have become 'pedestrian' (the aspect of Pro's argument that Con did not address, and it was part of the resolution), Pro failed to show that Microsoft has a monopoly. Con's sources were fairly cheap, but I think sufficiently helped make his argument, so points there. Conduct points to Con for Pro's forfeit.
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Reasons for voting decision: Forfeiture
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct for FF. Con was the only one to cite his facts. Pro didn't use any premises that supported his resolution. Also he failed to respond to con's arguments.