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32BitsOnline: Judge Says Microsoft Wields Monopoly

Nov 07, 1999, 00:48 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rajiv Chandrasekaran)

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"Microsoft Corp. has used its unparalleled dominance in the computer industry to bully rivals and squelch competition, a federal judge ruled Friday in a stinging decision that lays the foundation for a final judgment that could fundamentally realign the multibillion-dollar technology industry...."

"Microsoft possesses a dominant, persistent and increasing share of the worldwide market for Intel-compatible PC operating systems" with its Windows software, Jackson wrote, noting that every year for the past decade, Microsoft's market share has been more than 90 percent, and for the past couple of years it has been at least 95 percent...."

"In finding that Microsoft possesses monopoly power, Jackson rejected Microsoft's arguments that it faces immediate competitive threats from a rival operating system called Linux, Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Java technology, slimmed-down "network computers," hand-held organizers and other electronic devices. "For while consumers might one day turn to network computers, or Linux, or a combination of middleware and some other operating system, as an alternative to Windows, the fact remains that they are not doing so today," Jackson wrote."

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