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MSNBC: Time is on Microsoft's side

Sep 05, 2000, 18:07 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brock N. Meeks)

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"Microsoft throughout the trial pounded the table and insisted that competition was "already here" and that, in fact, the rising tide of Linux and other like operating system was ready to wash over it. Given that, the company's lawyers said, it couldn't possibly have a monopoly."

"Just how swiftly Linux or some other operating system actually cuts into Microsoft's Windows monopoly isn't known, but even the indication that an alternative is beginning to make in roads could dramatically effect the outcome of the Microsoft case, said professor Lande."

"The whole point of the remedy isn't to punish, it's to restore competition to the market," Lande said. And if, during the appeals process, it looks like the market has itself taken action to sufficiently erode Microsoft's monopoly, "then you don't need a remedy," Lande said."

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