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Washington Post: Microsoft Trial Ends With Firm Chastened

Jun 26, 1999, 14:18 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rajiv Chandrasekaran)

Thanks to Thomas for this link.

"... many in the computer business believe the courtroom battle itself has already helped to fundamentally reshape the technology industry."

"... firms that once feared retribution if they crossed Microsoft now feel emboldened to stand up to the software behemoth..."

"Compaq... and Dell... have decided to offer machines running the rival Linux system... Compaq... now offers the competitive Netscape browser on all of its consumer PCs."

"The trial has helped spur new competition in the market, but it also shows how a tiny ember like Linux can begin to glow if Microsoft is in a position where they cannot flagrantly go out and crush it."

"For their part, Microsoft officials maintain that much of the new competition that's springing up, such as PC makers embracing Linux, would have occurred even without the trial..."

Complete story.