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Feds Probe Charges Against Microsoft

Microsoft is under investigation by the Justice Department to see if the company intentionally set up obstacles in its Windows 95 operating system that would incapacitate its competitors' Net access programs, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The Justice Department has reportedly issued subpoenas to Netscape and CompuServe, both of which filed complaints against Microsoft when Windows 95 was released earlier this year, and to Netcom On-Line Communications Services.

In their complaints, CompuServe and Netscape charged that Windows 95 and Microsoft's Net browser Plus in effect obliterated rival access software.

The antitrust investigation has already had an impact on Microsoft stock, which slipped today in early trading, and some analysts believe other high-tech stocks may be affected.