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Landmark ruling in Microsoft case

The decision effectively marks the end of a bitter two-year trial that exposed Microsoft's hardball business tactics.


U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson decides that Microsoft can retain its operating systems for PCs, TV set-top boxes, handheld computers and other devices. But the company would be forced to create a separate firm for its other software and Internet products.

"Microsoft as it is presently organized and led is unwilling to accept the notion that it broke the law or accede to an order amending its conduct."

- U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson


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By CNET staff
June 7, 2000, 5:05 p.m. PT

Microsoft split ordered
update In a move with wide impact, a court rules that the software giant be broken into two companies.

Life after Windows?
news analysis The high-tech industry contemplates a world no longer dictated by Windows.

Weighing the appeals
A protracted appellate process could eventually decimate the government's initial victory.

Investors may face split decision
With today's court order, investors may have a tough choice: go with Microsoft's proven software business, which may have a limited future, or invest in the riskier Net company, which has vast growth potential.

see full text of Judge's final ruling Lessons learned from Big Blue
Microsoft's case harks back to the 1980s, when IBM ended its own precedent-setting antitrust battle by vowing to change its monopolistic ways.

Boldness, pace define Jackson's rule
Those who have reviewed Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's courtroom performance say he has distinguished himself with strong action and political savvy.

Reaction to ruling is quick, mixed
Technology executives, politicians and frontline software coders digest the judge's order splitting Microsoft into two companies. So far, no consensus appears to be emerging.

Tech stocks push markets higher
Stocks in high-tech companies boost U.S. markets in anticipation of the decision. "It was a wait-and-see day," one trader says. "People want to see how the Microsoft case ruling goes."

Gates: Decision hurts consumers
Microsoft chairman vows to appeal the ruling, saying the decision would harm computer users and the high-tech industry.

Klein: "This is the right remedy"
Assistant Attorney General Joel Klein, who led the charge against Microsoft, says the "remedy is fair and it's measured."

One analyst sees stock rally ahead
Goldman Sachs analyst Richard Sherlund says that the ruling was not unexpected and that the stock will benefit from a relief rally.

previous coverage
Microsoft strikes back in final filing
update The company unexpectedly responds to the government's harsh rebuttal brief, setting the stage for a possible ruling in its antitrust case.

DOJ rejects most Microsoft ideas in revised plan
update The government gives up little ground to the software giant in the continuing debate over a proposal on how to break up the company.

Judge gives government another chance
update A federal judge responds to a government request for more legal briefs in the Microsoft antitrust trial, delaying a ruling that had been expected for later this week.

Preliminary appeal could be litmus test
The appeals process in the Microsoft case could take years, but an early appellate decision may become a litmus test for the eventual outcome of the case.

Microsoft files last word in landmark trial
The company slams the government's proposal to break it up, a last-minute move before the final ruling in the celebrated case.