In the continued back and forth that is the soap opera of the Department of Justice's antitrust case against Microsoft, the latest episode clearly appears to favor the defendant.
In this week's two days
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The appeals judges challenged many of Jackson's "findings of fact" and perhaps tipped their hand that they may not feel obliged to honor them. Some of the judges also apparently shared Microsoft's opinion that Jackson is biased against the company. If true, that view leads to the possibility that they may not feel bound by Jackson's findings at all.
Uncertainty over the ultimate outcome of the Microsoft antitrust case continues; the next steps will likely not occur until June. But if you're Bill Gates, you're probably sleeping a lot better after this week's events.
These legal developments, along with Microsoft's continued push into the Internet and consumer space with its .Net strategy, have to be making Microsoft's founder and chairman feel a lot better about the future of his company today than last spring.
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