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Full Article Attached Microsoft Violated Sherman Antitrust Act

Monday April 3rd, 2000

In his ruling today, Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson found Microsoft in violation of the Sherman Antritrust Act, stating that "The Court concludes that Microsoft maintained its monopoly power by anticompetitive means and attempted to monopolize the Web browser market".

Microsoft's problem was that they had lost all credibility with the judge, and thus he had no option but to side with the facts presented by the government.

Click here to read an excerpt at ABCNews.com.

Here's a link to the ruling. Click "Full Article" below for some of our own excerpts. More to come, as we go over the ruling in more detail.


#9 Re: NS got beat fairly?

by ttielkes <t.r.tiekes@zap.a2000.nl>

Monday April 3rd, 2000 6:32 PM

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>Since when was simply *selling* a product a bad business model?

Since it became clear that HTTP/HTML were going to be the frontend of millions of applications.

No one pays for using shared libraries, tpc/ip stacks, pull-down menus or filemanagers. All these things are universal, and part of any end-user operating system.

If in 3 years XPCOM/XUL/etc makes TrollTech (software firm that *sells* a cross-platform GUI toolkit) go bankrupt, should they sue you?

>Their ActiveX system is *still*, to this day, a major security risk. All binary code is a risk. ActiveX is the same as plugins, exept a couple of generations ahead. The new Mozilla plugin model will incorporate some IE4+ ActiveX ideas.

>Their DOM may have had more functionality, but it was not a compliant implementation (and still isn't). It was pre-DOM.

Netspace 6 won't comply to DOM3 either.

>Their Java had proprietary extensions. Where exactly are the "official" standards for Mozilla's "Blackwood"?

>Their UI is a mess. ?

>Their app was bloated. ?

>IE was, in many ways, designed not only to insinuate itself into the user's Operating System, but also to block Netscape's competition.

I have Mozilla, Netscape 4, Netscape 4.7 and IE5 installed. No problems here.

>What would have happened if IE remained just a browser, and not an Operating System extension?

What would have happened if my car manufacturer wouldn't sell wheels with the car, but told me to go to a wheel manufacturer?