No, the Justice Department Didn't Cripple Microsoft. The Internet Took Care of That

Not surprisingly, a lot has been written over the past few days, not just about the upcoming retirement of Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer and the impact his departure will have on the software giant, but also about his legacy, such as it is, and what he could have done differently. Some visions of this alternate future are more likely than others, but others are closer to being flat-out wrong, such as the version Matt Yglesias tries to put forward in a piece at Slate, in which he argues that the Justice Departments prosecution of Microsoft saved us from a hideous future in which Apple and Google never existed.

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