"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.