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CNET News.com: Judge: Microsoft must be broken in two

Jun 07, 2000, 21:06 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

[ Thanks to Sean for this link. ]

"U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson decided that Microsoft could retain its operating systems for PCs, TV set-top boxes, handheld computers and other devices. But the company would be forced to create a separate firm for its other software and Internet products, such as Outlook, Internet Explorer, BackOffice and the Microsoft Network (MSN)--resulting in sweeping changes from corporate offices and home computers to the entire Internet."

"This certainly is one for the history books," said George Washington University School of Law professor Bill Kovacic. The decision effectively marks the end of a bitter two-year trial that exposed Microsoft's hardball business tactics. But the case is far from over: An appeal from Microsoft could tie up the case for two or more years."

"This is the beginning of a new chapter in this case," Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said in a videotaped response. "We will be appealing this decision, and we have a very strong case on appeal."

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