July 2, 2001

Microsoft wins -- or does it?

Author: JT Smith

Salon "Microsoft lost on every hard question; they won on every easy question. The court has found them liable for
monopoly maintenance. That's the essence of the government's case. The court has also found that it did not
decide in 1998 that tying software would be decided under a different standard. That was the essence of
Microsoft's defense. The court has crafted a smart and innovative rule about the special problem of tying
software. But even if Microsoft won in the application of that rule on remand, the core of the case is that
Microsoft has lost. They violated the antitrust laws, and the real issue is now remedy."
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