"Breaking up Microsoft may take at least two years, but
Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's behavioral remedies are likely to
the hit the company much sooner, and are likely to hit the company
hard, analysts predict. Many say the remedies could be in effect as
early as next year."
"Portions of the judgement included conduct remedies, which
Microsoft will appeal, but some are likely to survive the appeals
process and could be implemented as early as 2001," says Chris Le
Tocq, research director with Gartner Group."
"Turning to the appeals process, Microsoft will likely have a
difficult time of it, according to Robert Schneider, an attorney
with Chicago law firm Chapman and Cutler, who has expertise in both
antitrust and intellectual property law. He says either the U.S.
Supreme Court or the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia would have to overturn Jackson's November findings of fact
that determined Microsoft to be a monopoly."