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ZDNet: Breaking up is hard, but it's the right thing

Nov 16, 1999, 19:42 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Dodge)

"I'll make the same recommendation I have for the past year. Microsoft should voluntarily submit a plan of divestiture, and the government should accept it. A suitable break up—OSes, applications and tools—would be a win for Microsoft, consumers and investors. Gates said last week that improvements Microsoft made in Windows raised the bar for competitors—a good thing. Why shouldn't the independent and prosperous units of Microsoft have to work just as hard to succeed? The sole result of keeping Microsoft intact would be to sustain the monopoly."

"A govern ment-ordered breakup would be a disaster. Microsoft, which cannot risk such a course of action, would be wise to orchestrate its own future rather than let someone else do it. Given its track record in court and the uncertainty about who will be the next president, out-politicking the DOJ is one of the riskiest strategies for Microsoft."

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