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ZDNet UK: No easy path to an MS breakup

May 09, 2000, 21:02 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Berinato)

"Compared with this, breaking up the phone company was simple. If the remedies put forth by the Department of Justice and 17 state attorneys general in the antitrust action against Microsoft prevail-and that's a big if-a breakup along product lines would be a logistically arduous act that many don't consider feasible."

"While the plaintiffs' proposal broadly sketches out the dividing lines between an operating systems company and an applications company, a large grey area exists among many Microsoft products and features. Active Directory, for example, is inextricably linked to Windows 2000 but also considered an application. The same holds true for Exchange and the MSMQ message queuing product."

"The entire next generation of server products from the Redmond, Washington, company-SQL Server, Systems Management Server, Exchange and other BackOffice components-are more tightly integrated than ever with the operating system. ... The government's proposal says nothing of service and support. Moreover, the Microsoft brand name, real estate and even intellectual property remain question marks."

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