Individual Case: Microsoft

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Provide a 1-page analysis of the business case. 

(Point can be used for business case analysis )
Case History: Look for critical incidents in company growth and determine why they are important.  
Strengths and Weaknesses: Identify the company’s internal strengths and weaknesses, and how they relate to the company’s value function.  
Opportunities and Threats: Identify the opportunities and threats that exist in the company’s environment and analyze them using the Competitive Forces Model and life-cycle model.  
Corporate-Level Strategy: Identify the company’s mission and goals and evaluate the company’s corporate strategy based on lines of business, subsidiaries, and acquisitions.  
Business-Level Strategy: Determine if the company is using a differentiation, focus, or low-cost strategy, and what the company’s investment strategy is. Decide if company’s functional competencies are sufficient for achieving SWOT strategy.
Global and/or Innovation Strategy: Complete analysis of current strategies in globalization and innovation, with well-supported suggestions for improving strategies in both areas.  
Structure and Control Systems: Identify company’s structure and control system and specify how they match or don’t match the company’s strategy.  
Social Responsibility and Ethics: Draw relationships between ethical issues and the companys social responsibility strategy. Make recommendations for changes to the strategy, using key facts from the case.  
Financial Analysis: Analyze company’s financial position based on profit, liquidity, activity, leverage, shareholder-return ratios, and cash flow. Make recommendations for improving the company’s financial position.
Recommendations: Offer recommendations for improving the company’s strategy and competitiveness)

Then answer the below questions. Clearly separate each question and answer. 

1. What drove the early success of the IBM PC?
2. What part did Bill Gates and Microsoft play in the early success of the IBM PC?
3. What factors facilitated the emergence of the PC clone industry? How did the emergence of the clones change the economics of the PC industry? How did this benefit Microsoft?
4. How did Microsoft translate its early success with MS-DOS into dominance in the PC software industry by the mid-1990s?
5. Was the emergence of the World Wide Web a threat to Microsofts business? How did Microsoft turn this threat into an opportunity? What does this tell you about Microsoft at that time?

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