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.

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    • Zenith
    • 17 years ago

    You guys haven’t even seen the half of it…i bet it’s gonna get worse for M$ in terms of gettings law suits up the wazu. I bet they even get in a fight with SUN…..

    • Anonymous
    • 20 years ago

    *[Anon@208.155.156.45<]* Damn, cars and computers again. Well, for that car you bought from Intel or AMD, heck even your Cyrix car, you have to use Microsoft gas if you want to drive on Microsoft roads. There are alternative roads, but if you can\'t get to where everyone else is, why use them? Then, you have to pay to upgrade the Microsoft roads, or your car will drive funny and might crash on you without warning.

    • Anonymous
    • 20 years ago

    *[Anon@hal.humberc.on.ca<]* Can we please stop comparing Microsoft to Cars!!!!!! Cars are diffrent from computers!!!!!!! Here is an example of your stupid comparisons: -As for the whole Windows, IE crap; do we complain that an Ford engine doesn\'t fit in a Chevy without some work. I can say the same: If Microsoft made cars, they would brake down every 10km and you\'ll have to upgrade your car or get a new one every 6 months! JUST DON\'T COMPARE!

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    • 20 years ago

    *[Anon@209.173.87.129<]* Maybe they should check the other monoply\'s dealing.

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