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Wired: Breakup Good for MS?

Apr 26, 2000, 21:07 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Craig Bicknell)

"But while Microsoft laments, a number of antitrust experts and business analysts are arguing that a breakup could well be a good thing for Microsoft, its shareholders, and consumers. Or, at least, a better thing than a consent decree in which Microsoft agrees to curb its suspect behavior, generally considered a lighter punishment."

"The thinking goes like this: If Microsoft and the government enter into a consent decree, the DOJ will have to scrutinize Microsoft's every move for years to come, micro-managing the company's business strategy at every turn. The government will essentially be in the software business -- the greatest fear of Microsoft's supporters."

"If the company is broken up, however, the new units can forge ahead on their own, relatively free from federal handlers."

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