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ZDNet: Rivals claim [antitrust] fault on MS server tactics

Apr 19, 2000, 16:19 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John R. Wilke, Ted Bridis)

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"Even as a federal court scrutinizes the company, antitrust enforcers are studying Microsoft's current tactics in the market for industrial-strength software that runs Web sites and corporate networks. The large and highly competitive market is currently dominated by Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL), Linux and Unix software."

"Microsoft's march on Web-server and network markets -- which is already the subject of a broad investigation by the European Commission -- raises a tricky issue for state and federal antitrust officials' efforts to forge a remedy plan to present to U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson on April 28. The officials say that any remedy in the landmark antitrust case must address Microsoft's efforts to wield the Windows monopoly in new markets. If a remedy is imposed by the court, and withstands a likely appeal, it could redraw the rules of competition in the industry."

"Microsoft says the server market is competitive and that the company shouldn't be subject to restraints. It also charges that any new state and federal scrutiny is being fueled by its competitors, especially Sun, Oracle and IBM (NYSE: IBM)."

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