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CNN.com: U.S. proposes MSFT split

Apr 28, 2000, 20:54 (1 Talkback[s])

"The Justice Department and a group of state attorneys general asked a federal court Friday to split Microsoft into two separate companies to stem the software giant's anti-competitive behavior."

"The Justice Department and 17 of the 19 states that had filed a landmark antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft proposed the split in a joint proposal filed Friday with District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson. Earlier this month, Jackson ruled that Microsoft had maintained its monopoly power for PC operating systems by anticompetitive means and attempted to monopolize the Web browser market."

"The joint proposal calls for Microsoft to be split into two competing entities - one to contain its Windows operating systems, which run most of the world's personal computers, and another to contain the rest of its business lines, including the popular Microsoft Office suite of applications. Under the proposal, the two companies would be prohibited from recombining for at least 10 years."

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