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NY Times: U.S. Microsoft Solution Is Called Drastic Surgery

Apr 29, 2000, 16:39 (3 Talkback[s])

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"With its proposal yesterday, filed in a federal court in Washington, the government has formally opted for surgery, a split-up of Microsoft into two companies and a variety of restraints on its business practices for three years. But the government regards that surgery as the conservative treatment -- less regulatory and less likely to harm consumers or the industry than the alternatives."

"The government proposal, supporting memorandum and affidavits from three economists, two computer experts and a pair of investment bankers are emphatically documents not only of persuasion, but also of education."

"The government must give Judge Jackson -- and higher courts, since appeals are assured -- the confidence to take what would be a drastic step indeed: breaking up a company that is an American symbol of technological excellence and wealth creation."

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