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InfoWorld/Reuters: Bush antitrust pick seen against Microsoft breakup

Feb 17, 2001, 15:32 (14 Talkback[s])

"President George W. Bush's pick to head the Justice Department's antitrust unit has made public comments against the breakup of Microsoft Corp. , a departure from the position of the Clinton administration and the states that took the company to court. The White House on Thursday said Charles James would be nominated as assistant attorney general of the Justice Department's antitrust division, where he served as acting head for several months in 1992 during the administration of Bush's father, former President George Bush."

"The one thing that is very clear is that consumers have benefited by there being a common platform," James said in an interview last April. "If Microsoft were to be broken up, you would see divergence of the common platform and it's unclear that you would have as vigorous a competitive market...," he told the CNBC financial cable channel."

"James also predicted last April that changes in Microsoft's business practices were the most likely remedy to survive in the antitrust case. "I think at the end of the day we are going to be looking at a conduct decree, more so than a structural one," he said."

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