Federal Government Smites Microsoft

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
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Early last evening, a federal judge declared that Microsoft is a monopoly power and has abused its monopoly power status. Here’s the details from CNNfn (“MSFT ruled a monopoly“):

“Three main facts indicate that Microsoft enjoys monopoly power,” Jackson wrote. “First, Microsoft’s share of the market for Intel-compatible PC operating systems is extremely large and stable. Second, Microsoft’s dominant market share is protected by a high barrier to entry. Third, and largely as a result of that barrier, Microsoft’s customers lack a commercially viable alternative to Windows.

Microsoft held a press conference shortly after 19:30 EST and downplayed the judge’s findings. Shares of Microsoft were also down in after-hours trading.

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