At a hearing last week, lawyers for the US government had argued that Microsoft had engaged in restrictive practices by refusing to supply Windows 95 to computer companies, unless they also agreed to accept its browser. The market dominance of Windows 95, they contended, left computer makers with no choice but to take the browser as well, cutting rival suppliers of browser software out of the market.
The ruling is a double defeat for Microsoft. It had hoped, if not to win the case, then to have the decision delayed while it collected more technical evidence - a request opposed by the US government on the grounds that it would allow Microsoft's hold on the market to strengthen by default.
Microsoft, whose market dominance has effectively set the standard for computer software worldwide, ia expected to appeal against the judgment.
- Mary Dejevsky, WashingtonReuse content