By this definition, Microsoft was not a monopoly. They did not have absolute control over the market, and there was no real evidence of them manipulating prices. The primary concern of a monopoly is that one company will be able to gain control of an entire market and fix, control, and raise prices. Microsoft, on the other hand, was one of the first software companies to offer the common man one of the most state-of-the-art electronics at reasonable prices. Microsoft adhered to a legal contract made with IBM that gave him exclusive rights to bind IE with PC hardware.