Break Up Microsoft? A Record Response And Most Say `No'

When BUSINESS WEEK asked readers to weigh in on the future of Microsoft Corp. in our Apr. 20 issue, we had no idea what we were unleashing. Impassioned responses came flooding in from Tibet, Israel, and Germany, from 15-year-olds and grandmothers, from English professors, cops, and big-time corporate chief information officers. All in all, more than 5,000 people responded--a record for BUSINESS WEEK. The verdict, according to 67% of voters: The Justice Dept. should keep its hands off Microsoft. Here is a sample of comments, followed by a collection of letters to the editor about the Cover Story.