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CAN BARE ITS TEETH AGAIN
New York Post
2000, N.Y.P. Holdings, Inc. All rights reserved.
Talk about Windows of opportunity.
Bill Gates can now breathe a sigh of relief - while he gets
back to world domination.
The Supreme Court decision yesterday to send the antitrust
case back to the lower courts "in one way is hard on
[Microsoft]," said NYU professor Nicholas Economides .
"They can't do any really big deals while they're being
watched like this, like AOL-Time Warner.
"But this court [where the case will now be heard] has been
favorable to them before, so they know they can probably
bundle whatever they want from now on."
"Bundling" was one of the practices that Judge Thomas
Penfield Jackson, who ruled against Microsoft in the antitrust
case, objected to.
But Economides noted that consumers love the free
"bundled" extras that Microsoft wants to provide, like
browsers and music players.
William Kovacic, law professor at George Washington
University, said he couldn't see a decision before spring of
And he believes "the realistic possibility for a break-up
of Microsoft died today."
The company will now be able to bombard consumers with new
products - many of them more sexy than the boring spreadsheets
and operating systems of old, experts said.
For example, it's full speed ahead for plans to launch
special stores in Radio Shack. Microsoft also will push
broadband access hard as it tries to get a jump on AOL in the
high-speed stakes. It's expected to be able to continue
bundling new products such as its competitor to Real Player
music software and its photo and video editing software with
Synergy is the name of the game. With yesterday's decision,
Microsoft-owned Webzine Slate is likely to continue to be
available in the Microsoft Reader format for the Microsoft
And Microsoft will be able to go after the video game
market with the X-Box due in 2001 - its answer to Playstation.
As Microsoft spokesman Jim Cullinan put it: "If you sit on
the sidelines, you get passed by in this industry."