Breakup Order

SAN MATEO (06/07/2000) - The federal judge who found Microsoft Corp. guilty of violating U.S. antitrust laws ordered the software giant broken in two on Wednesday.

As expected, U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson accepted the U.S.

Department of Justice's plan to separate Microsoft into two companies: one that builds and sells the Windows operating system, and another that would get the rest of Microsoft's current offerings.

The breakup, which Microsoft is expected to appeal, is the only remedy that can effectively combat the company's monopolistic grip on the high-tech industry, Jackson said.

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