Judge’s secret meetings could save MS

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Judge's secret meetings could save MS

The US appeals judges hearing the Microsoft Corp. antitrust case are widely viewed as tending to disagree with US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson’s order to split up the company. The seven-member panel is expected by many to disagree with the ruling that Microsoft abused monopoly powers to crush Netscape’s Web browser.

Speaking of the argument used by Microsoft opponents that binding Internet Explorer to the Windows operating system is anti-competitive, Judge A. Raymond Randolph said, “It’s almost like you’re saying, `I’d like to buy a clock radio without a clock.”

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