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SJ Mercury: Microsoft's best hope is to contain damage

Feb 26, 1999, 10:22 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Gillmor)

Thanks to John Wolley for this link.

"IF the Microsoft Corp. antitrust trial were a play, would critics call it a drama or a farce? Either way, it's heading into the second intermission before the third and final act -- and if you thought the case has been interesting so far, just wait.

At this juncture, Microsoft's task is vastly more difficult than the government's. By almost all accounts the company's own witnesses have done at least as much to aid the government's case as the government's witnesses, if not more.

It now seems inconceivable that Microsoft could come out of the trial with a victory. But the company may still have a chance to mitigate the worst of the damage if it does something dramatic in the April endgame, when both sides will call their rebuttal witnesses."

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