US V. Microsoft Settlement — 10 Years Later

Law360, New York (June 14, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT) -- The expiration of the consent decree that settled U.S. v. Microsoft 10 years ago presents a good moment to reflect on the case that shaped antitrust law for the Internet age.

The U.S. Department of Justice, along with state attorneys general, accused Microsoft of using its agreements with PC manufacturers and Internet service providers to maintain its monopoly over PC operating systems, and extend that monopoly into Web browsing and media viewing.

To the governments, the "desktop" that greeted over 95 percent of computer owners every day was the platform on which the panoply of 21st century commerce and competition would...

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