"Legal experts are lauding the U.S. Department of Justice's
investigation of Microsoft Corp.'s $135 million investment in rival
Corel Corp., saying the union is "dangerous" in its own
"While Corel has previously proved a vigorous competitor with
its WordPerfect Office suite and CorelDraw graphics application,
this deal cuts the competitive edge in that industry," he
"I wouldn't be surprised if the Justice Department decided to
challenge the deal once the investigation is complete," he said.
"But whatever happens in this matter should not have any bearing on
the current pending antitrust lawsuit."
"Kovacic disagreed, saying the government and the states could
try and use the latest investigation in their oral arguments before
the Appelate Court to prove that Microsoft was continuing its
campaign of "manifest destiny" and that the Corel deal was the
latest ingredient in that plan."
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