Chalk Up One For Microsoft

MICROSOFT HAS WON A ROUND against the Justice Dept. On Feb. 2, the U.S. Court of Appeals suspended the inquiry of so-called Special Master Larry Lessig, appointed by a federal judge to sort out the technical issues surrounding the government's case. Microsoft claimed Lessig was prejudiced. This win means resolution of the case will be delayed, probably until after Microsoft releases its Windows 98 operating system. That, in turn, could hamper the government's effort to force Microsoft to supply PC makers with versions of its operating system that don't include its browser.

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