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SJ Mercury: Potential security risk is key issue

Aug 14, 1999, 22:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David L. Wilson)

"What may be most important in the nearly 1,500 pages of legal filings U.S. Justice Department officials and Microsoft Corp. lawyers dumped on the desk of a federal judge Tuesday is not what's in the documents, but what was left out."

"Government lawyers have maintained that Microsoft illegally combined its Internet browser and desktop computer operating system to protect its monopoly power in the market for desktop computer operating systems. They make the point that by not allowing users the option of removing the browser, the company has in some instances increased a user's exposure to security risks, such as computer viruses."

"The government has also introduced evidence that the non-removable browser harms users by taking up precious room on the computers of those who don't want it, and that any additional complexity makes an operating system more likely to fail, two arguments that Microsoft has spent a great deal of time rebutting."

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