Consumer advocate Ralph Nader says Microsoft should be forced to divest its Internet Explorer browser if the pending antitrust trial should end in a ruling to dismantle the company’s software monopoly.
U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ruled that Microsoft has used monopoly power to harm consumers and competitors, and he has appointed a federal mediator to help seek a settlement between the Justice Department and Microsoft. But if the mediation effort should fail, he judge could be required to impose a breakup of the software giant.
Nader, of the consumer group Consumer Project on Technology, said relinquishing the browser should be part of any court-ordered solution, arguing that if Internet Explorer “was a separate divestiture, the entire browser market might well become competitive once again.”
A Microsoft spokesman dismissed the proposal as “particularly groundless.”
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