Coming To Grips With Microsoft

The opening session of the antitrust trial against Microsoft looked more like a street fight than a legal proceeding to determine the fate of the most successful high-tech company in the world. The government called Bill Gates a liar, and Microsoft responded by ridiculing the Justice Dept. lawyers as ignorant "luddites." There may, of course, be reasons for this public vitriol, but it is important to take a moment to understand that few things matter more to the long-term economic health of the U.S. than the correct outcome of this trial. Microsoft is at the very heart of the high-tech economy that is driving growth and prosperity in America. The legitimate issues raised by this power must be resolved in ways that do not destroy the country's entrepreneurial culture.

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