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LA Times: Microsoft Faces New Allegation as It Battles Back

May 02, 2000, 19:09 (2 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Scott D. for this link. ]

"Microsoft Corp. began to fight back Monday against a Justice Department proposal to split it in two, only to face a potentially explosive new allegation that the software giant continues to use its Windows monopoly to muscle into new markets."

"The federal government and 17 states accused Microsoft of doctoring the Windows 2000 operating system, which is aimed at large corporate servers and Internet sites, to prevent competitors from taking advantage of some new functions. ... Rebecca Henderson, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and one of the government's expert witnesses against Microsoft, said that Windows 2000 "offers a significant number of functions that can only be implemented if the consumer is using a server running [Windows 2000]."

"Documents released late Friday include reference to an e-mail from Microsoft co-founder and Chairman Bill Gates that allegedly directs employees to redesign software to harm competitors who make the Palm hand-held computing devices. ... The e-mail was placed under court seal at Microsoft's request, but the government made two references to it in paperwork filed late Friday."

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