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Nov 08, 1999, 00:26 (4 Talkback[s])
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"A judge's ruling that Microsoft Corp. wields monopoly power may be too late to alter the high-tech industry in one key respect: Competition over the way the world accesses the Internet is already moving beyond its Windows-based technology, observers say.

In the two years since the Justice Department brought its antitrust lawsuit, competitors have become emboldened to begin looking for alternatives to the Microsoft operating system that runs on more than 90 percent of the world's personal computers, analyst Rob Enderle of Giga Information Group said.

'Microsoft may well be in a fight for its life anyway,' Enderle said Saturday. 'A lot of the advantages they had to dictate to their partners and their customers were changed during the course of the trial.' "

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