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ZDNet: Berst Alert: Enough Already: Jesse Says Breaking Up is Easy to Do

Apr 26, 2000, 01:34 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jesse Berst)

"After Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ruled Microsoft broke antitrust laws, we got a lot of gum flapping from Microsoft about its freedom to innovate. Message to Bill Gates: Nobody believes you anymore."

"If Bill Gates was truly interested in fostering innovation, he not only would have agreed to split up his company, he would have helped. He would have created three great companies: One for Windows, one for applications and one for the browser and Internet Services. I've told you before why such a move would actually be a good thing for Microsoft."

"Instead, we're seeing the Justice Department and others floating all manner of break-up plans. ... I still think my solution makes the most sense, but see what you think about the numerous remedies on the boards:
Division according to corporate reflexes. This plan creates three separate but familiar divisions within Microsoft: Arrogance, Vaporware and Silly Helpers (think Microsoft Bob or Clippy). This split would come easily for the company and would require virtually no government oversight."

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