Stories by Bob Trott

DOJ Sticks to Plan of Breaking Microsoft in Two

The Federal Government stuck by its proposal to split Microsoft in two on Friday, filing a revised remedies proposal that made only minor changes to its original plan.

Antitrust Decision Looms, MS Postpones Win Confab

The likelihood that a federal judge next week will recommend that Microsoft Corp. be broken up as punishment for violating antitrust laws has prompted the software giant to postpone a key conference on the future of Windows.

Gates Sells 'Phase 3' of Internet to CEOs

Hosting more than 160 CEOs from around the world, Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates painted a future of technology and the Internet that will emphasize personalization and desktop-free computing.

Microsoft to Discuss Future of Windows on June 1

After months of delay, Microsoft Corp. yesterday announced that it would hold Forum 2000 -- where it will detail Next Generation Windows Services (NGWS) -- on June 1 on its Redmond, Wash. campus.

Microsoft Calls Breakup Too Harsh

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday asked a federal judge to reject the government's proposal to break it up in the wake of being found guilty of antitrust violations, instead offering to make changes to its business practices.

InfoWorld.com Readers: Break Up Microsoft

Although readers of InfoWorld.com do not have much faith in the government's ability to regulate the software industry -- or even keep pace and understand it -- most feel that the Department of Justice has been on track in its prosecution of Microsoft Corp., and a majority favor breaking up the software giant, according to an InfoWorld.com survey.

Microsoft to Respond to DOJ's Recommendation

Microsoft Corp. is slated to respond to the U.S. Department of Justice's recommendation that the company be broken up as punishment for its antitrust offenses, but many of the proposed restrictions drew negative reactions from IT managers who voiced concern over Microsoft's ability to add functionality to its operating systems.

Government: Microsoft Must Be Broken Up

Almost two years after filing its landmark antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft, the Department of Justice has proposed a punishment once considered unthinkable by all but the most vociferous critics of the software giant: breaking up the company.

Microsoft Goes On Offensive Over Ruling

Sounding angry, incredulous and defiant, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates and President and CEO Steve Ballmer blasted the Department of Justice on Friday, vowing to fight the government's proposal that the software giant be regulated and broken into two companies.

Government Recommends Microsoft Breakup

Almost two years after filing its landmark antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp., the Department of Justice has proposed a punishment once considered unthinkable by all but the most vociferous critics of the software giant: Breaking up the company.

Gates Focuses on Future of the PC

Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Technology Architect Bill Gates ignored a plethora of unpleasant issues -- the government's antitrust case, a potential breakup, and the company's worst financial day in more than a decade -- to tout the PC's future at WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Conference) here Tuesday.

Microsoft Ships BizTalk Preview

Microsoft Corp. today released a "technology preview" of its XML-embracing BizTalk Server 2000, a key piece of its Internet business-to-business strategy.

Mediator in Microsoft/DOJ Case Throws in the Towel

Settlement talks between Microsoft Corp. and the U.S. Department of Justice appeared dead Saturday after the court-appointed mediator between the two sides announced he was quitting.

MS's Allchin Acknowledges Whistler Code Reports

The head of Windows development said today that Microsoft Corp. was convinced that a copy of Whistler, the next-generation version of consumer Windows, had been posted to the Internet for download, as reported earlier this week.

Microsoft's Whistler OS Gets Unscheduled Debut

Microsoft officials were trying to figure out today how a copy of Whistler, the next-generation version of consumer Windows that will be based on Windows 2000, was posted on the Internet for download.

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