LA Times: Microsoft Faces New Allegation as It Battles Back

[ Thanks to Scott D. for
this link. ]

“Microsoft Corp. began to fight back Monday against a Justice
Department proposal to split it in two, only to face a potentially
explosive new allegation that the software giant continues to use
its Windows monopoly to muscle into new markets.”

“The federal government and 17 states accused Microsoft of
doctoring the Windows 2000 operating system, which is aimed at
large corporate servers and Internet sites, to prevent competitors
from taking advantage of some new functions.
… Rebecca
Henderson, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and
one of the government’s expert witnesses against Microsoft, said
that Windows 2000 “offers a significant number of functions that
can only be implemented if the consumer is using a server running
[Windows 2000].”

“Documents released late Friday include reference to an e-mail
from Microsoft co-founder and Chairman Bill Gates that allegedly
directs employees to redesign software to harm competitors who make
the Palm hand-held computing devices. … The e-mail was placed
under court seal at Microsoft’s request, but the government made
two references to it in paperwork filed late Friday.”


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