"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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