Settle The Microsoft Case

History suggests that Microsoft and the Justice Dept. should make a deal. The century that began with the epic suit by the government against John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil trust is ending with the Justice Dept.'s equally historic antitrust suit against Bill Gates's Microsoft Corp. In between, there have been mammoth cases against IBM and AT&T. The Standard Oil suit lasted about a decade. IBM took 13 years. They cost taxpayers and shareholders fortunes. In the end, the markets still determined the fate of each industry, not the regulators.

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