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SJ Mercury: Microsoft resolution unlikely

Nov 18, 1999, 19:32 (0 Talkback[s])


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"Public statements from both Microsoft Corp. and the government have suggested that a negotiated settlement may be in the works in the landmark antitrust trial, but the two sides are in fact so far apart in their basic positions that a resolution seems almost impossible."

"The judge has been prodding both sides to negotiate a settlement rather than wait for his next ruling. Yet such a resolution doesn't seem possible given the complex dynamics of this case. Microsoft's fundamental goal, to keep control of its Windows operating system and maintain its grip on the market, and the the government's objective, of creating healthy competition in that same space, are mutually exclusive."

"The Justice Department and the 19 state attorneys general that brought the suit might have been willing to settle the case last year with limited pain for Microsoft, but the government is now probably going to push for a harsh remedy, Weinstein said. 'After the government has invested all this time, effort, taxpayer money, and they've gotten this kind of result, the cost of settling the case for Microsoft has gone up dramatically.' "

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