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CNET News.com: [Gartner] Commentary: Expect more of the same after Microsoft penalty ruling

May 19, 2000, 00:36 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Gartenberg, Neil MacDonald)

"The stage is set in the Microsoft antitrust case for nothing more than the continuance of the status quo. The government's final rebuttal today and U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's ruling to follow will not end this ongoing saga."

"Gartner would be surprised if U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's ruling followed with anything less severe than the Microsoft breakup sought by the government. ... As Microsoft continues to face ongoing legal battles, competitors such as Sun Microsystems, America Online, Corel and Red Hat will find increased opportunities in the marketplace, particularly if the U.S. Department of Justice and plaintiff states eventually prove victorious, and Microsoft is broken up."

"...it is important to note that a chief reason Microsoft is fighting so strenuously is so it can continue to integrate and bundle its applications, a critical step for its Next Generation Windows Services (NGWS), Microsoft's next big project."

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