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CNET News.com: Appeals court may be next stop for Microsoft

May 26, 2000, 14:31 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

"WASHINGTON--Where do you want to go today?"

"Where Microsoft may want to go is an appeals court--and quickly, say industry and legal experts. With U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ready to rule as early as next week, there may be no other option for Microsoft."

"The prospect of an imminent ruling casts an even darker cloud over the company's future and the hope that it might win on appeal what it couldn't get before Jackson. The timing is also potentially problematic as Microsoft plans its Next Generation Windows Services (NGWS) announcement next Thursday. If Jackson is to rule immediately, it could be the same day."

"Microsoft couldn't have anticipated the double blow delivered by Jackson that set its fate on an unexpected course. During Wednesday's remedy hearing Jackson indicated he might well be ready to break up Microsoft, and he denied the company more time to evaluate the government's remedy proposal."

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