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CNET News.com: DOJ, states expected to propose Microsoft breakup today

Apr 28, 2000, 14:44 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

"The proposal, which is expected after the market closes, would split Microsoft into two entities, one responsible for the company's Windows operating systems and the other for software applications, such as Office, and Microsoft's Internet properties, such as MSN."

"Today's proposal moves the Microsoft trial into its final stage, where U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson will evaluate government proposals on remedies, or what to do about Microsoft's antitrust violations. Jackson on April 3 ruled that Microsoft violated two sections of the 1890 Sherman Act."

"Legal experts warn not to look at the government's proposal as the end of Microsoft. Jackson does not have to accept any or all of the remedy proposal, and Microsoft will have a chance to respond on May 10. The fact that Jackson wanted to fast-track the remedy proceeding to 60 days may have been his way of telling the government he didn't want a breakup proposal, said University of Baltimore School of Law professor Bob Lande."

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