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osOpinion: The finding of fact: Lady justice cleaves the Monopoly

Nov 07, 1999, 23:24 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Xavier Basora)

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"Without question, Judge Penfield Jackson's finding of fact is a watershed in computing history. We all know now the judge's verdict: Microsoft is a monopoly, it has abused that monopoly by stifling competition and the consumers have been harmed."

"What are the ramifications of the preliminary ruling? First, the Caldera case has become much more dangerous."

"Second, the OEM from the big companies like IBM to the smallest computer reseller will return to MS and demand to renegotiate their Windows contracts."

"Third, MS Office is under siege, Boies, the Justice Department's prosecutor, has bluntly told MS to settle or the Office contracts will be scrutinized. This is the second most dangerous development after Caldera. IBM and Corel will likely involve themselves and seek not only billions of dollars in lost sales and profits but demand that OEMs and customers choose which suite is preinstalled if at all. MS' inability to force preinstallations of Office will dilute the company's profits and give users real choices."

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