March 28, 2005
Is Microsoft toast?
The US government proved that Microsoft possessed, and illegally exploited, monopoly power in the “antitrust case of the century”, the six-year action that ended in July 2004. The Final Judgment allowed Microsoft to remain whole, but imposed conditions that permit rival software makers to tuck their products into its Windows operating system. Anti-Microsoft groups were outraged; a spokesman for one said: “This decision represents the failure of antitrust laws in the high-tech industry… An unrestrained monopolist in the most vibrant sector of the economy cannot be good for America.”