New Poll Request

Saturday February 27th, 1999

A new PCWeek article states that many antitrust specialists are now believing that the government will not only win its case against Microsoft, but withstand an appeal as well. What will the remedy be?

Our next poll will be "If you needed to propose a remedy at the end of the Microsoft trial, it would be to ______." This time, however, we're doing the poll a little differently.

We'd like you to submit to us possible answers to the remedy question. We'll take our favorite responses, and use ten of them in the poll. If they require extra explanation, we'll do a little news piece to accompany the poll that explains the choices in detail.

So, for now, what we need from you is this: Send email to with your possible remedy for Microsoft's antitrust violations. It should contain a title, _as short as possible_, that describes the remedy (so it fits in the poll space). It should be followed by a short description of the remedy for clarity.

Your remedy can be as useful or as silly as you like. No rules. If you propose castrating Bill Gates in a public display, it might be illegal, but it may be intriguing enough to make it into the poll.

#16 Break it into three companies

by Rick Rohan <>

Monday March 1st, 1999 4:39 PM

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I think the best way to deal with Microsoft is to break it into three separate companies. One to do Operating Systems and Compilers. One to do Application software such as Office, Access, Internet Explorer, etc. And one to do Web Sites such as Expedia, Sidewalk, etc.

From such a split you might see benefits such as Windows as well as Microsofts websites never having a problem with Netscape derived browsers and more of Microsoft's apps ported to other systems like Office for Linux or Access for Macintosh.