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CNET News.com: DOJ, states to rebut Microsoft's antitrust arguments

Jan 25, 2000, 19:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

"Government lawyers this week will attack Microsoft's arguments in rebuttal papers expected to portray the software giant as a monopolist, and a confrontational one at that, in the ongoing antitrust trial...."

"Microsoft dedicated 25 pages of its 70-page conclusions of law to the monopoly issue. Among other things, Microsoft tried to show BeOS and Linux are viable alternatives to Windows for a significant number of users and software developers. If so, Microsoft concluded, it does not meet the definition of monopolist."

"But Hayter scoffed at that argument as not credible, especially with regard to Be."

"Be is a great example of why network effects matter and why the applications barrier to entry is so effective," he said. "Rather than a case against market power, it is a great case study of the effects of market power."

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