Judge rules Microsoft is a monopoly, has abused power
The fit hit the shan for Microsoft late Friday, as the federal judge in the Microsoft anti-trust trial ruled that Microsoft is indeed a monopoly. Furthermore, the judge ruled that Microsoft has used its monopoly power in ways that are harmful to consumers. Have a look at some of Judge Jackson's words highlighted by the News.com report:
"Most harmful of all is the message that Microsoft's actions have conveyed to every enterprise with the potential to innovate in the computer industry," Jackson said. "Through its conduct toward Netscape, IBM, Compaq, Intel, and others, Microsoft has demonstrated that it will use its prodigious market power and immense profits to harm any firm that insists on pursuing initiatives that could intensify competition against one of Microsoft's core products."
Ouch. Not a good sign for Microsoft, but who can honestly disagree with the judge's findings here?
Note that this ruling is only a preliminary, "findings of fact" ruling, although its content sets the tone for the remaining stages of the trial. We'll have more to say about this finding soon, so stay tuned.