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San Jose Mercury: Industry group endorses Microsoft breakup

Mar 04, 1999, 21:45 (0 Talkback[s])

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"In a significant new twist to the landmark Microsoft antitrust case, one of the computer industry's most prominent trade groups is endorsing the breakup of Microsoft Corp. in a secret 40-page report circulated among its board and sent to government lawyers.

The Software and Information Industry Association proposed what some legal experts describe as the 'death-penalty' for Microsoft -- splitting it up into companies selling separate products, such as Windows software, business programs and Internet content, or breaking it up into three or four 'Baby Bills' or 'Mini-Microsofts' each with identical product lines.

It said a mandatory breakup of Microsoft 'deserves the most careful attention of the government and the court.' But it doesn't distinguish which breakup plan it recommends, calling it a 'Hobson's choice' and 'ultimately an antitrust policy question with no clear answer.'"

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